The whole world is aware of how George Floyd was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis on 25th May 2020. The #BlackLivesMatter movement quickly followed in an attempt to stop racism and racial inequalities against the black community in the United States. We are more interested in the art tributes to George Floyd.
We absolutely condemn racism and do not understand how some people can be racist while we are all human and equal. Just as Black Lives Matter has been trending, artists are showing their support with their art piece. Banksy, a famous but anonymous England-based artist is one of those who paid tribute to George Floyd.
We are compiling here all the art pieces and support shown by the art community that we came across. More are popping up daily. If ever we missed any do mention it in the comments.
Banksy shared the image on his Instagram along with the message:
“At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue.
But why would I do that?
It’s not their problem. It’s mine.
People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t – no-one will let them in the apartment upstairs.
This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in”
Banksy didn’t draw the face of one person but all those who suffered or lost their lives to racism. The ambiguous figure in a frame is positioned under the American flan which is set on fire by the candle next to the face to mourn the dead. The artist has been praised to be among the big names to raise the subject.
Shirien Damra is a Palestinian artist based in Chicago. She uses art to fight for social justice and has drawn this powerful image of George Floyd where she mentions “Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. May George Floyd Rest in Power”
The speed artist created a great tribute during George Floyd’s funeral. He made the black and white painting while ‘A change is gonna come’ by Sam Cooke was sung. Thousands were present for George Floyd public memorial in Houston on Monday.
Street art tributes to George Floyd
Various street artists around the world are also expressing their pain. Using their creativity to deal with the madness of racism and police brutality and to support the movement Black Lives Matter.
Emmalene Blake in Ireland
The Irish artist paid tribute to George Floyd with a mural to depict the 46-year-old man. Her work was very well received by neighbors who began raising funds to cover for paint costs required to create the work of art. The mural features the words “HIS NAME WAS GEORGE FLOYD”.
Along with a photo of the mural, she added the following note on her twitter page:
“Teach kids about racism & privilege. Teach them to recognise their privilege- white, class, straight, cis, male privilege & teach them to be allies. Teach them to always stand up to racism & discrimination. Teach them to do better than the generations that came before them.”
EME Freethinker in Germany
The graffiti artist created the mural in Mauerpark, a state park in Berlin, Germany. EME Freethinker who is Afro-Caribbean, posted photos of his creation along with the caption “No words…”
Syrian Artists in Syria
The mural was painted in the Binnish district of Idlib province by Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun. Being from a region most affected by Syria’s ongoing civil war, the artists painted the mural as a “call for peace and love”. As he reported to Arab news, Asmar says George Floyd’s death reminded him of Syrian civilians who were “killed by suffocation after the Syrian regime hit them with chemical weapons”.
Tvboy in Spain
The graffiti mural was created in Barcelona, Spain on the Centre of Culture and Memory. The Italian street artist shared the photo on his Instagram along with “STOP RACISM”, the sign George Floyd is holding in the mural.
Street Artists in Kenya
Mr. Detail Steven and Bankslave, both street artists, collaborated on the above mural in Nairobi, Kenya. Bankslave, who shared the post on his Instagram added the comments “We mourn with energy”.
More street art to mourn the death of George Floyd are popping up daily, we will update this post with all the murals and graffiti that we can find. Art is spreading the message of love and unity, a language understood all around the world.