Racism is NOT an American phenomenon. It exists as long as mankind exists. It has killed millions of people in the past. It is an always reappearing, dark chapter in human history and it still manifests as a world wide issue in our present. We cannot accept this to only be on the political agenda when the worst happened yet again, and again…People are threatened, they die because of the colour of their skin, every day. It‘s NOT not happening when you don’t see it on the media. It was and still is made by humans. It has to end through humanity.
“It‘s ok to feel powerless. It‘s natural to be overwhelmed. If you hesitate to go out on the streets to raise your voice due to the corona crisis, this is ok. If you cannot donate to support organizations acting against racism, this is ok as well. But it’s in no way ok to be ignorant and to stay silent. The time for change is now!” Berlin-based artist AKUT said.
“Use the power of your voice, show your face to be an ally in this movement against racism.
Be an amplifier for those who haven’t been heard for too long or have been shut down by officials and politics every time this ugly ball of violence gets another disturbing kick and rolls even faster.
I aim to use my abilities to participate in this world wide movement, to stand in for humanity, equality and to keep this fight a VISIBLE one as long as it takes. Again, the time for change is NOW!” AKUT added.
If you want to participate in a new video project, please send an email to [email protected] with subject BLM in *YOUR CITY/COUNTRY*. You can submit your contributions until Wednesday, June 17th. All you need is a black and white printer, a camera (smartphone is sufficient) and the confidence to eventually make this change happen, step by step, together.
The urban contemporary artist and photographer Falk Lehmann – whos alias AKUT is well known as a photorealistic painter in the street art and graffiti scene as founder of the legendary German graffiti collective Ma’Claim and one part of the artistic duo Herakut . AKUT was also responsible for the project, ISOLATED. In this project, AKUT tasked 37 artists living in 30 different cities to film glimpses of their studios during the quarantine period.