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Mercedes Jelinek: These Americans Opening Reception

Artist Gallery Talk Friday, April 27 | 6:30 p.m.
Medium: Photography
These Americans is a series of photographs depicting the Women’s March on Washington D.C. in January of 2017. The 2016 presidential election was the first time I experienced a fear of being silenced. As a woman, an artist, and a member of the working poor I questioned what would happen to me and others in situations like mine. Over 470,000 of us took to the streets on January 21st, 2017, with millions more joining in all over the world. These photographs reflect the wide range of how people expressed their anger, humor, sadness, and hope. This day demonstrated that people are willing to stand up for what they believe, and these photographs act as evidence. The artist wants others to know that they can be heard. The book These Americans was published by Kris Graves Projects in July 2017.

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