In partnership with ASU’s Center for Work and Democracy and the George Floyd Global Memorial, ASU Art Museum presents “Twin Flames: The George Floyd Uprising from Minneapolis to Phoenix.” This powerful exhibition is a unique partnership between an art museum, a research center and members of our community, showcasing a selection of offerings laid by community members, mourners, and protesters at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Collected by a group of community caretakers and cataloged by the George Floyd Global Memorial team, it marks the first time the offerings will be displayed outside of Minnesota.
On May 25th, 2020, George Perry Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department. In the days, weeks, and months that followed, people across all seven continents took to the streets to voice their anger and pain at the continued racist violence and discrimination inflicted upon Black Americans. Jeanelle Austin, Executive Director and lead caretaker of the memorial, states, “The George Floyd Global Memorial is excited to partner with Arizona State University and the Center for Work and Democracy to provide an exhibit that will amplify the voices of the people in Phoenix fighting for justice.”
The George Floyd Global Memorial and ASU Art Museum recognize that creative and artistic expressions of pain and hope exist everywhere, in all forms and in a myriad of cultural expressions and the George Floyd Square is a public space that, like so many monuments and memorials, reflects our shared cultural remembrances. “Twin Flames” at the ASU Art Museum shows how the arts have the power to act as a force for uniting us in a collective grief, healing and reconciliation. Through their continued collaboration with the community at 38th and Chicago, the Center for Work and Democracy has played a key role in bringing this important exhibit for temporary display in Arizona.
“Twin Flames” is generously supported by the ASU Center for Work and Democracy.
Rachel Austin, Chasing Joy Photography