The Power of Protest Art

Aimee SmithJune 30, 2020
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Street artists are painting their signs of protest throughout Phoenix, using their medium to amplify the call for change.

Love Fights Back by @lovefightsbackaz
Love Fights Back is a newly formed collaborative of artists, inspired by recent events to come together to champion equality. Their mural is located near Van Buren Street and Fifteenth Avenue. It is most easily viewed from the Dollar General parking lot.

The words of their mural, Love Fights Back, pop from a distance. Details emerge as you get closer: an Arizona flag motif, city skyline and a sea of people holding signs and hearts. The mural is framed by a raised fist on each end, an image of powerful solidarity with the community.

Dion Johnson by @justcreatedit
Giovannie “Just” Dixon painted this tribute to Dion Johnson, the Black man shot and killed by a Department of Public Safety trooper on Memorial Day. The mural is located on the front of Nami, a vegan bakery on Seventh Street. Dixon also contributed to the Black Lives Matter mural on Third Street in Downtown Phoenix.

The Price of Black Lives by @bacpac_live
The twenty-dollar bill with George Floyd’s face on it was painted by Jeremie “Bacpac” Franko, a graffiti artist and DJ. It can be found on the corner of Oak Street and Fifteenth Street. Her other recent work includes murals for MFG Coffee on Seventh Avenue and Hawk Salvage on Grand Avenue.

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