Joan Ryan

O King


33x 30



These drawings represent aspects of Martin Luther King’s work in the civil rights movement and the many individuals that have suffered from racism, its persecution and inequality. We see portraits of individuals who have lived on “the other” side of the civil justice line and reflect upon the experience. We also see acts of persecution represented in collages. The collages explore the hypocrisy of racism through referencing historical images of the civil rights movement. The interplay of portraits and historical images create a dialogue with our past. Our memory of events is altered by time yet still powerfully present in our lives. The historical civil rights images are public memory. Memory is not fixed; it changes with each generation but its power plays an important role in our collective consciousness.

"O King" by Joan Ryan

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