Manifest Justice

A large-scale pop-up art exhibition, cultural convening, and community organizing event that took place in Los Angeles May 1–10, 2015.

Together we lifted our voices, asserted our power, and manifested a healthy and sustainable future. Artists from across the world used their talents to illuminate the ongoing conversations surrounding justice, human rights, safety, and equality of access to opportunity. 

Brand & Gallery Design

Manifest Justice was a creative, community exhibition that elevated the ongoing conversation of race, implicit bias, and lack of access to comprehensive healthcare in our country, specifically in low income areas.

I joined forces with TaskForce to help on the event’s brand design. We worked with the themes of balance, harmony, and diversity to create a powerful image that speaks to the urgent need for action to make our communities places of freedom and opportunity for everyone. 


The Exhibition

The brand was carried through a large, multi-room venue in Baldwins Hills. For the gallery design, we used a strong typographic presence, the halftone image of lady justice, and a variety of assorted triangles to unify the space. Several provocative installations were also created to communicate compelling facts that shouldn’t be ignored.

Throughout history artists have lent their creative expression to new ideas in culture and politics, combining innovation with arts greatest strength—its ability to transcend boundaries and make an impact without relying solely on language. With their unique ability to distill complex issues and emotions, artists have given voice to millions with the stroke of a brush, the strum of a guitar, or the click of a shutter. They help us imagine what is possible and inspire radical dreaming. And when artists and activists come together, when creativity is engaged as an organizing tool, real solutions emerge. Creativity is the touchstone for innovation and change.

Above is my artwork contribution to the exhibition. Titled I AM ME, these multi-colored screenprints are a shoutout to the past and also speak to the fragmenting of the individual in these current, contentious times. Only by action can we truly be unified and present to the world who we really are.

The following are a variety of images from the gallery posted on social media. Powerful work was on display including some of my favorite protest posters ever. 

Manifest Justice was presented by Sons and Brothers from the California Endowment and Amnesty International’s Art for Amnesty.

Justin Kemerling: Event Branding + Gallery Design
Yosi Sergant: Vision + Organizing
The TaskForce Team: Production

2015: Brand, Art & Design, Screenprint, Exhibition

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