Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tribute to Kalief Browder

Demand Justice
Collaboration between Gilf & Lmnopi
Mural Unveiling & BBQ
Saturday, July 11th
23 Cleveland Place at Henley's
Kalief Browder was only 16 when he was picked up by police officers in the Bronx for a crime he never committed. He languished in Riker's Island for over 3 years- 2 of which were in solitary confinement while he awaited trial. The horrific conditions inside Riker's Island are profound and had a very detrimental effect on Kalief's mental state. Sadly this year he took his own life after countless suicide attempts during and after his stay at Riker's. Demand Justice is a collaborative mural between artists gilf and Lmnopi as we call for dramatic and swift reform of our policing, judicial, and correctional systems, not only in New York City, but throughout the United States. We have chosen to honor Kalief's strength and determination while he stood up against multiple derelict and degrading governmental systems. Lmnopi's tremendous painting talents depict Kalief with sensitivity through her lively brush work. Gilf continues her conceptual typographic maze work to symbolize the bars of a prison cell gradually fading behind Kalief to honor his tragic struggle for permanent, true freedom. Through this work we hope to call attention to this destructive "incorrectional" systems of Justice. 

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