13. Art Encounters: Community or Chaos- Part Two

Sam Durant (American, b. 1961)


Consider Listening, 2018

Screenprint on translucent film, light box


Everyone Deserves a Dream, 2018

Screenprint on translucent film, light box


The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond. 2018.1.17; 2018.1.16



Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976)

I am the Greatest, 2012

Mixed media

The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond. 2016.2.18



Kota Ezawa (German, b. 1969)

National Anthem (Washington Redskins), 2019

Duratrans transparency and lightbox

The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond. 2019.2.20



Patrick Martinez (American, b. 1980)

Then They Came for Me, 2016

Neon

Gift of Susan and Bob Battaglia and Margie Pabst Steinmetz and Chuck Steinmetz. 2017.7




Pedro Reyes (Mexican, b. 1972)

Protestor I-IV, 2016-2017

Steel and concrete

The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond. 2017.6.36-39



The works in Art Encounters: Community or Chaos speak to activism and protest in the face of varying issues of social injustice, prompting us to consider the idea of what being an ally means. As defined, an ally is someone who stands with or advocates for individuals and groups other than their own. But this definition can be expanded to understand that there are different levels of allyship, with greater responsibility falling of those from dominant social groups.  


As you travel through this exhibition, we invite you to reflect on your role within the greater landscape of social systems, asking you to reflect upon the following questions:  

 

  • From which privileges and biases do I benefit?  


  • In what ways do I extend those privileges to those who face oppression? 


  • In what ways have I gained from their struggles? 


  • Why did I feel comfortable or uncomfortable speaking up? 


  • If I consider the word ally as a verb, how do I turn what I’m learning into action?