IMAGE: LaJuné McMillian (left), Armin Keplinger (right)
Three weeks ago, after some soul searching on our part, we chose to forego our planned programming in solidarity with the civil unrest in America and Black Lives Matter. We have been so deeply shaken by these current events that we decided that it was inappropriate to engage in providing content that could potentially distract anyone from what was happening. Therefore, the planned walkthrough with Armin Keplinger was cancelled – instead, we broadcasted a black screen with a list of charities related to Black Lives Matter. As the protests unfolded everywhere in the world and grew in numbers exponentially, we have been thinking of meaningful ways to bring our small contribution to the cause. A few days ago, we had a chat over Instagram Live with Alda Boyd - a 21-year-old Nigerian-American artist with a creative background in technology whose art is centered around emotion, connectivity, racial representation and futurism. Over the next few weeks, we are excited to present ‘Black Movement Project’ and ‘Clarity’ by LaJuné McMillian along with the cancelled – yet once planned - walkthrough with Armin Keplinger.