The artist collective questioning the true meaning of justice

Ashley Tymer for I-D Magazine
A show at The Parrish Art Museum, curated by Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms, features poignant works by artists meditating on liberation.


“Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, the freedom from want and the freedom from fear.” These are the four freedoms President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined in his historical 1941 State of the Union Address, as the United States prepared to aid Britain in a second World War that was steadily unfolding. For the Saturday Evening Post, artist Norman Rockwell interpreted the speech with a series of paintings showing everyday Americans embodying liberation


Seventy years later, with that dream so far from reality for so many in the US, artists Hank Willis ThomasEric GottesmanMichelle Woo and Wyatt Gallery have formed an artist collective called For Freedoms, an art-led civic organization “that centers art and creativity as a catalyst for transformative connection and collective liberation.” Their interpretation of Roosevelt’s vision outlines “justice, listening, healing and awakening” as the freedoms demanded by our modern social and political climate.


For Freedom’s latest offering is an exhibition at The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, titled Another Justice: US is Them. Curated by Hank Willis Thomas, it runs through November 6th. Last week, the museum partnered with global arts club The Cultivist and Chantecaille for an afternoon tour, inviting viewers to meditate on what justice must look like in this time of upheaval. It was led by Zoe Buckman, one of the featured artists whose work is shown alongside Hank, Pamela Council, Jeremy Dennis, Jeffery Gibson, Eric Gottesman, Christine Sun Kim, Muna Malik, Joiri Minaya, Koyoltzintli Miranda-Rivadeneira, Kambul Olujimi and Marie Watt.

August 17, 2022