Its long past time to give credit to young blacknes and brown artists says Amanda King, whose skill collective Shooting Without Bullets is breaking down barriers
A black-and-white photograph depicts two young men in the door frame of an abandoned storefront.” PRIVATE CLUB” is written on the boarded-up opening.” NO Weapons, Drugs, Purses” it says.
The photograph, taken by Lai Lai Bonner, 19, spread speedily. It was put forward in the daily newspapers, The Plain Dealer, sold at a hall in the Cleveland Print Room, a local prowes studio, and currently sits in an exhibit at the Grasselli Library at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.
The exhibit is close to East Cleveland where the photo was taken, but it is a world apart. The university sits on the edge of rich places such as Shaker Heights, which are teeming with mansions.
Meanwhile, East Cleveland has abandoned mansions, empty-bellied plenties, potholes and higher crime rates. The life expectancy is as much as 10 times lower compared with the life expectancy of their wealthier neighbors.
The photographs in the exhibition, like Bonner’s, support a compare to the world right outside the library’s walls. The visualizes were all taken by members of Shooting Without Bullets ,~ ATAGEND a not-for-profit organization that coordinated the exhibition and that gives young black and brown teens the imaginative implements they need to express themselves.