Powerful: Truth to Power Pop-Up Exhibition

I am so sorry for the radio silence around here. Lots going on mentally so I haven’t had the chance to blog some of the more recent events such as a birthday trip to Jamaica. I will soon.

Today however, during lunch, I went to see the Truth to Power pop-up art exhibition taking place here in Philly during the Democratic National Convention. It is only running for 3 days and ends tomorrow. It was worth the effort to see. Lots of the celebrities and politicians in town have visited the exhibition and in fact, Cory Booker was there while I was there. Truth to Power also include panel discussions and performances, all designed to shed light on issues facing young people in the US.

Powerful is the word I would describe the exhibition. I didn’t have much time to linger with each piece but what I saw left me moved and concerned about the state of race relations in particular.

I thought I would share a few of the photos I took (both iPhone and DSLR) while I am feeling inspired.

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

This piece represents the 613 persons who were killed at the hands of the police in 2016 so far. The rate is currently 3 per day. Their names, state, age, sex and cause of death are noted on the cards used by coroners to identify the dead.

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

I spent some time speaking with Russell Craig who did the self portrait below. Russell drew this on the sheets of official correspondence etc from his time in jail. He spent 13 years in jail on drug related charges. As he told me today, great things can come out of bad experiences.

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com

Truth to Power Exhibition | TraciiElaine.com