The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights invites you to attend the unveiling of its Art for the People installation, “What Sonia Said.” This is a major new public artwork in the historic Beacon Hill community in Decatur, GA. This creation by multidisciplinary artist Ellex Swavoni embodies her “Future Ancient” style, which draws upon the visual language of spiritual traditions across the African diaspora.
The unveiling will take place on Saturday, August 28 at 2 PM at 416 W. Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030, which is the greenspace between Ebster Recreation Center and the City of Decatur Police Station. You are encouraged to arrive at 1 PM for family activities, music and food options in the hour before the unveiling. The location is a short walk from the Decatur MARTA station, and parking is available in the garage on Commerce and Trinity.
This event is an extraordinary moment in local history. It is the first public art in Decatur specifically commissioned and designed to actively change oppressive and racist narratives. It represents the ideal of Art for the People: to center the voices of Black community members and women of color. Swavoni’s work will stand in direct contrast to the confederate and genocidal monuments that we have fought hard to remove. Art for the People is a concrete first step toward a world where Black artistry and genius are celebrated, a world where the art of people of color is centered in a way that stimulates the conversation and education necessary to reimagine and create a society that embodies liberation.
The celebration of this event will feature community leaders, student organizers, musical artists, food, and the unveiling.