After months of isolation, it was an absolute joy to present the JUSTICE PEACE + LOVE outdoor banner exhibition in Detroit. The exhibition featured twenty large-format banners mounted along a specially-installed fence across the Irwin House Gallery property. Each banner was uniquely painted by local creatives, thinkers and/or youth, in response to widespread national protests, political and social unrest.
Unable to open its doors and provide regular programming during the pandemic, the Gallery is acting on an overwhelming urge to connect with its community, provide some semblance of healing during these unprecedented times, and create a platform for the voices and visions of the city’s artists to be heard and seen. This installation gives participating artists an outlet to respond to those issues and questions most deeply resonating in their souls, and to share a measure of beauty and hope with the community.