News Documentation: The 2014 Way

The visual art exhibit, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Artists Respond,” is on display at Gallery FAB on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The exhibition is presented by the Alliance of Black Art Galleries, and will end on November 7, 2014.

Although these photographs, and art pieces, may not meet the requirements to win an Academy award, they are ways to document news. Visual art of protesters from the biggest scandal of the summer is hard news.

These 250 artists witnessed the Ferguson, Missouri riots, and risked their lives. A documentary is defined as, “A movie or a television or radio program that provides a factual record or report,” according to the Oxford Dictionaries.Their work is a form of documentation, even though they are not motion pictures.

According to the St. Louis American, all of the works on display must depict at least one of the following issues: “civil rights, voting, oppression, justice issues, prosecutorial conduct, free speech, racial disparities, police brutality, community empowerment, the right to assemble, and other issues.”

The exhibition is scheduled to travel to 12 other venues, throughout the state of Missouri.

Hands up, don’t shoot: The protest heard and seen around the United States.

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