Confront Art—which connects artists to social justice causes to create public art displays—is announcing today its inaugural exhibition SEEINJUSTICE, which will be open to the public beginning October 1 in Union Square. The SEEINJUSTICE series will feature three sculptures by Chris Carnabuci: “FLOYD,” “BREONNA,” and “JOHN LEWIS.”
Confront Art is working closely with the families of George Floyd and their charity “We Are Floyd,” the “Breonna Taylor Foundation,” and Congressman John Lewis’ Foundation, “The John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation” as partners of the SEEINJUSTICE series.
The SEEINJUSTICE series is inspired by the events of 2020 and has empowered many to take a stand in demanding justice, as Congressman John Lewis once did. The series aims to honor the lives and ongoing messages through art, tying together three iconic people.
The SEEINJUSTINCE series is on display at Union Square, a venue that has historically protected the right to free speech and demonstration. Union Square New York City has long brought together people of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, and orientations in the name of community and discourse.
“We are inspired by the important work that Confront Art is doing to support the cause of “We are Floyd,” said Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother. “We are looking forward to an extensive partnership with Confront Art as we bring art and creative resources to communities around the country.”
“We founded Confront Art to create art that is inclusive, progressive, and sparks something deep within to discover one’s creativity and causes,” said Lindsay Eshelman, Confront Art Co-founder. “Our mission is to foster art that is an immersive experience and allow our visual representations to push forward a movement of change and unity.”
“Confront Art stands for so much more than statues. We promote collaboration, and from collaboration comes change”, said Andrew Cohen, Confront Art Co-founder. “Working with the families that have suffered so much has been humbling and inspiring. We plan to continue to spread the message of peace and understanding through art.”
“As a result of the death of George Floyd, there came a global awareness and understanding of the plague of injustice across the world,” said Chris Carnabuci, the Artist behind the SEEINJUSTICE series. “The exhibit represents this global understanding, and from understanding comes action, and from action comes change.”
“We are honored to work alongside Confront Art in bringing Chris Carnabuci’s SEEINJUSTICE installation to Union Square,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director of Union Square Partnership. “As a long-standing venue for public demonstrations in pursuit of social change, we are proud of Union Square’s history as a space for New Yorkers and people from all over to congregate in the name of free speech, a legacy that we will always protect and uphold.”
“We are proud to display Confront Art’s inaugural exhibition through our Art in the Parks program,” said NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Margaret Nelson. “Chris Carnabuci’s statues of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and John Lewis highlight the need for social change and build upon Union Square’s long history as a democratic space where individuals gather to call for equality and justice.”
The final sculptures stand at 10-feet tall, composed of layers of precision-cut wood to craft a detailed and realistic monument of each subject. The exhibition will be on display from October 1 – October 30 in Union Square in New York City. For more information on Confront Art, visit confrontart.com.