Project Description

For Freedoms Awakening Billboard (2020)

Paula Crown Atelier is pleased to participate in For Freedoms 2020 Awakening Campaign in collaboration with Unfinished, featuring artist-designed billboards throughout the United States. Visually diverse, each billboard includes a question and celebrates artists’ unique ability to spark conversation and enlightened listening. Paula Crown’s billboard entitled What Are You For (2020) will be on view from October 12, 2020 – November 3, 2020 at the corner of Washington and Boylston, Boston, MA

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Crown uses this platform to ask the viewer: What are you for? Her question prompts us to consider what we stand for and what we value. It challenges each person to step outside of the negative echo chamber polluting our discourse and refocus our lens on the positive. We have the opportunity to affirm our values, rediscover commonalities, and begin again towards a better future.

This question was born from Crown’s series #IamFor (2018), an interactive artwork created for her solo exhibition with For Freedoms at Fort Gansevoort, NY. Inverting the historical use of a black ball to cast a negative vote, the artist asked visitors to write down what they stood for on a black sports ball before dropping it into an open atrium at the center of the gallery. These visitor-created messages populate the background of Crown’s 2020 billboard and remain evergreen and universal, espousing values of love, freedom, and democracy. Collaboration is central to Crown’s artistic practice and this billboard allows the initial interactive spirit of the original work to continue on. Resharing messages from 2018 and reasking this question amidst the unique challenges facing our nation in 2020 is a reminder that what we value does not change with each news cycle or political administration.

Participating artists in For Freedoms 2020 Awakening Billboard project include: Aaron Huey, Ai Weiwei, Aja Monet, Alexandra Bell , Alfredo Jaar, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Andie Clarkson, Anisa Tavangar, Anya Ayoung-Chee, Aurora James, Dr. Baz Dreisinger, Chester Toye, Chloe Bass, Christine Sun Kim, Christine Wong Yap, Claudia Pena, Coby Kennedy, Wildcat Ebony Brown, Donald Judd/Judd Foundation, Edgar Heap of Birds, Cidney + Darian Ehya, Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms x Combo NYC, Garrett Bradley, Genevieve Gaignard, Gina Belafonte, Glenn Kaino, Gordon Hall, Grounded Memphis, Guerrilla Girls, Haleigh Nickerson, Hank Willis Thomas, Jasmine Wahi, Jesse Krimes, John Edmonds , Jonathan Gardenhire, Joshua Obawole Allen, Josue Rivas, Julie Mehretu, Jun Mabuchi, Kamal Sinclair & Takaaki Okada, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Lola Flash, Maggie Rogers, Marilyn Minter, Mark “Feijão” Milligan II, Maynard Monrow, Micah Bozeman, Michele Pred, Michelle Woo, Micki Davis, Mohsin Mohi, Muna Malik, Mutale Nkonde, Opal Tometi, Otherward, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Paula Crown, Phenomenal and AAPF, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Matthews, Russel Craig, Shepard Fairey / ObeyGiant.com, Sika Gottesman, Sofia Gallisa Muriente, Tunkasila, taylor brock, Toshi Reagon, TZ3, Yashua Klos, Yeni Mao, Zahyr Lauren | The Artist LHaz, Zhaleh Phillips, Zoe Buckman

For Freedoms is a non-partisan organization using art as a vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values and was founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman in 2016. To learn more about For Freedoms, click here.