As the global uprising for Black Lives contiunues, Don’t Shoot Portland is looking forward to presenting Stop Killing Us: A Black Lives Still Matter multimedia installation hosted at HOLDING Contemporary. The exhibition will feature protest art and photos from Don’t Shoot Portland that will be brought out of storage from City of Portland Archives & Records Management. The exhibition opens August 6 and runs through August 29, 2020, and gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
This is HOLDING Contemporary’s second exhibition with Don’t Shoot Portland. In 2017, Stolen Angels was created as a space where the families of children murdered by the police and the violence of white supremacy could remember, represent, and depict their family members' memories with love, honor, and positivity. The new presentation will be both a memorial space and an acknowledgement of the history of social protest through photographs, protest posters, and video.
Social distancing rules allow for no more than two visitors in the space at a time. Visitors must maintain 6 feet between one another and masks are required. Online conversations with Don’t Shoot Portland Founder, Teressa Raiford, will happen every Thursday at 5:00 pm PT throughout the exhibition via YouTube. www.bit.ly/DSP_YouTube
Don’t Shoot Portland is a Community Action Plan. The organization was founded in 2016 following the exoneration of Black Lives Matter organizer and activist Teressa Raiford. Don’t Shoot Portland has fought for social change in Oregon and has solidified the establishment of a grassroots movement for racial equality, social justice and political accountability. The key to our sustainability as a group is art, education, and civic participation. www.dontshootpdx.org/
HOLDING Contemporary presents exhibitions and programs by visual artists across disciplines. Through a deliberate curatorial vision, an experimental business model, and community–driven projects, we position ourselves towards challenging the economical and social privilege of the art world.