Artwork on Racial Justice to be Projected onto Brooklyn Public Library, June 21st




Penda Diakité (USA-Mali). Made In America, 2018 Collage, acrylic, spray paint on wood panel, resin finish 36 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Pitroda Art.
Pitroda Art will present its final public installation of artwork by 15 artists participating in Movement: Art for Social Change, the annual juried exhibition that celebrates artists as champions of positive social change. The 14 artworks, selected by a renowned jury and responding to the theme of racial justice and equity, will be projected onto The Brooklyn Public Library on June 21, 2021.

The art projection in New York City is the fifth public event by Pitroda Art, following those in Washington, D.C. (May 13), Atlanta (May 20), Los Angeles (May 27) and Chicago (June 17).


Winfred Nana Amoah (Ghana) Amadedé (Colorless), 2020; Acrylic, research articles on racial justice and call cards on canvas, 45 x 40 in.  Courtesy of the artist and Pitroda Art.

In addition, on May 20 Pitroda Art launched an auction of the selected artworks in partnership with Mastercard on its platform, closing on June 23. A portion of the purchase price will be donated to the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality and social justice.

Movement: Art for Social Change, Atlanta City Hall, May 20, 2021. Photo by Maurice Evans, courtesy of Pitroda Art

Over 500 entries from 175 artists in 33 countries were sent in response to Pitroda Art’s open call in 2020. The 14 artworks, selected by a panel of jurors composed of Aaron Bryant, Adenele Sonariwo, Dexter Wimberly and Nancee Lyons, represent poignant, timely interpretations of Black history, racial identity and the current realities of the Black diaspora. Backed by the Brooklyn Public Library, the projection provides emerging and mid-career artists a unique opportunity to showcase their work to the public.

Paul Ogunlesi (Nigeria) Négligence 2, 2020, Newsprints and Acrylics on Canvas
47.2 x 35.4 in.  Courtesy of the artist and Pitroda Art.

Participating artists include Antoine Williams (USA), Àsìkò (UK), Heather Haynes (Canada), Kadiejra O’Neal (Barbados), Lloyd Foster (USA), Mark Wilson (USA) and Paola Zarate (USA), Nombuso Dowelani (South Africa), Paul Ogunlesi (Nigeria), Penda Diakité (USA-Mali), Rohan Patrick (USA), Segun Aiyesan (Nigeria), Tim Davis (USA), Tsoku Maela (South Africa), Winfred Nan Amoah (Ghana).