In addition, on May 20 Pitroda Art launched an auction of the selected artworks in partnership with Mastercard on its Priceless.com 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.
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.
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).