abstracted, simplified figure, outlined in thick black lines, with arms raised; PR hand in a fist and kneeling; circle with a cross in the middle in red pigment over heart of figure

Still I Rise, 2020

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A faceless male figure is on his knees with his hands up. One hand is in a gesture of surrender, the other clenched into a fist. The print expresses both the vulnerability and the resilience of young Black men facing police. A crosshairs bull’s eye in red is drawn over the man’s heart. This sign is a Nigerian nisibidi symbol of “speech” and “meeting,” and a Kongo cosmogram that symbolizes the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. It works as a powerful image of vitality in the face of violence and racism. Indeed, “still I rise.”

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Title
Still I Rise
Artist Life
(active America), born 1964
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2021.71
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abstracted, simplified figure, outlined in thick black lines, with arms raised; PR hand in a fist and kneeling; circle with a cross in the middle in red pigment over heart of figure
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