my labor is my protest

Theaster Gates

My Labor Is My Protest

Gastes has just finished showing at the White Cube Bermondsey a thought-provoking programme that investigated race and history through sculpture, installation and performance.

The artist, curator and urban activist creates works that aim to galvanise communities and promote social change. In My Labor is my Protest, Gates readdresses further the ongoing struggle for civil rights, particularly in American history.

In the picture is the library, installed in South Gallery I, borrowed from the archive of Johnson Publishing Company, the Chicago-based publishers of Ebony. The curated selection of books and magazines offer a history of black American culture. Each book contains impressive, invaluable and unfortunately hard to find information and literature on the history of Black Americans. The exhibition also included ready-mades, tar paintings that incorporate various textural objects and several ‘Civil Tapestry’ works, made from colourful strips of decommissioned fire hose. Visitors too had the chance to get a make over by Afro cosmetics maker Fashion Fair.

Theaster Gates was born in 1973. He lives and works in Chicago.