Camera, Pen, or Gun? Tee
Camera, Pen, or Gun? Tee
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Camera, Pen, or Gun? Tee

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Based on Cauleen Smith's In the Wake banner. Camera, Pen, Or Gun? seems to ask which is the more powerful weapon against bigotry and brutality.

Smith’s In the Wake banners (all 2017) speak both plainly and poetically to the ongoing violence experienced by Black Americans. Part protest sign, part flag, part pep rally accessory, Smith’s sumptuous, hand-sewn textile works are an important part of her practice and are usually created for use in her public processions. They draw on a long history of banners hoisted for celebration as well as social and political change, from those raised by labor unions, carried by activists in the Civil Rights movement, or lofted in the ongoing protests against white supremacy. Smith has also been inspired by military regiment colors, West African Vodun tapestries, and banners flown by churches and marching bands.