Thursday, August 16th, 6pm - 9pm
Opening Reception
Admission is Free!

916 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY — August 16th-23rd, 2018, The Bishop Gallery is proud to present, Sophia Dawson’s: “To Be Free”. A week-long Pop-Up Exhibition and Fundraiser that explores the narratives of U.S. political prisoners who were jailed for their activism in the Black Liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

“To Be Free” was born after the death of Herman Wallace, one of the “Angola 3”. Herman and two other men were targeted for their political activism while in prison. During their incarceration the “Angola 3” were believed to have been framed for killing a prison guard in 1971. While imprisoned, Wallace would be forced to serve 41 years of his sentence in solitary confinement, the longest time-period for any prisoner in U.S. history. Herman passed away on October 4th, 2013, three days after being released from prison.

Through her larger-than-life portraits, Dawson humanizes the stories and people that others would try and paint as animals. Through her art Dawson calls attention to their continued imprisonment, while advocating for their freedom. Dedicating her life's work to exposing the stories and experiences of these individuals as they strive to overcome injustice. The Bishop Gallery feels, “Sophia’s body of work is especially relevant in today’s society. In an America, where activist take to the streets daily to protest the latest social injustice and civil rights violations. Artist like Sophia Dawson must be given a platform, as her work directly speaks to the times we live in today.”

“To Be Free” Opening Night Reception (Thursday, Aug 16th, 2018) will take place in conjunction with BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech, Film Screening Series “B Scene at The Bishop: Emancipation Incarceration” an illustration of the struggle of incarcerated political prisoners of color in America by Artist / Curator / BRIC Media Arts Fellow, Sophia Dawson. There will be a special discussion with the filmmakers, artists, and Carla Usher, coordinator of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Project Redirect Program following the screening. In addition, portions of the proceeds from EVERY artwork sold will be donated to National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP).

The Bishop is a contemporary art gallery located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn NY. Launched in 2012, The Bishop is an offspring of the Lamont Bishop Gallery in Washington DC. The owners, Erwin John and Stevenson Dunn were born and raised in Bed- Stuy. The Bishop Gallery aims to provide emerging and established artists with an intimate space to connect with their audience and the expanding Brooklyn art scene. We embrace all artists of varying cultures, genres and means of artistic expression.



Peace & Blessings,
Sophia xx


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