Mourning After: Mel Chin

Mourning After: Mel Chin on the US Presidential election

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, artists and activists have begun to respond—and prepare for future interventions.

Mel Chin, Adoration of the Orb, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 68". Photo: Mel Chin.

THERE IS NO CONCESSION, but a renewed search to find means to embolden the process of struggle, resistance, and critique, active before this election.

Our empire was already weakened by our policies, decades of endless war and injustice, against the most unfortunate, buried in our laws that shackled emancipation.

We must now heed the will of those unaware they have been suffocating on the spittle of their anger.

We must be ready soon to offer them relief and breath, as it is my belief… that they will be forsaken.

The work must continue to amplify the voices that will eventually lift us all.

Onward with Courage.

Mel Chin is an artist based in Washington, DC and Egypt Township, North Carolina.

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