In response to city and state protocols that called for personal and collective safety, the African American Art & Culture Complex transformed their parking lot into a groundbreaking art experience. Closer 6Ft Apart showcases original murals by beloved and emerging artists that uplift the political legacy of muralism to explore the intersections of collective liberation, connection, and people-led movements. In this time of crisis, we are reimaging what it means to be in community with one another.
This roster of 21 Bay Area artists includes former Black Panther Party members Tarika Lewis and Emory Douglas whose murals draw from the visual lexicons of this profound movement. Rtstyk draws inspiration from artist and activist Toni Cade Bambara by asserting the role and significance of the artist, and Alicia Creates’ “A Wall for Black People” cultivates a space for ancestral wisdom and dialogue. Closer 6ft Apart recognizes that we are being asked to practice love and care by being physically apart.