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Update: Article about the performance in the DTH here.


Studio Art Majors Seminar ARTS 300, a collaborative team of UNC undergraduates, announce the installation-performance of We Stand. We Matter. The artist-students are diverse in their approaches to art making, but share a commitment to revealing, questioning and representing the complex socio-political situation of our culture. Inspired by student Octavis Green’s project “Victims of America” (pictured above), the students joined together to make 20 figures representing people from the Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter protests.

We Stand. We Matter. is scheduled to take place on Polk Place, Lower Quad, on the UNC Chapel Hill campus from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on December 1, 2016. During the installation, students will be present to answer questions, to stand in solidarity with these movements and to observe people’s reactions. Addressing police brutality, racism, intersectional oppression, capitalism, ecological disaster, climate change, and the history of genocide and slavery that continues today in different forms, students attest to the power of art, protesting and linking different struggles. Following the installation will be a forum in Wilson Library that evening, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, with student speakers from both movements, a spoken-word performance by EROT, and the artist-students for an open discussion about art, activism, Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter.

This performative intervention merges disciplines of sculpture, protest, painting, activism, current events, collaborative and interactive public and earth art. Students fused skeletons, clothing styled after Trayvon Martin and Standing Rock protestors, and painted banners to express empathy and solidarity through art and to provoke viewers to question and remember. We welcome engaged participation.


Where: Polk Place, Lower Quad, in front of Wilson Library

When: 11am – 2pm


Where: Pleasants Room, Wilson Library

When: 6pm – 7pm

Including Spoken Word Performance by EROT and speaker Dr. Kyle Mays, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Black-Indigenous Identity and Relations, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Department, UNC, Chapel Hill

Both events are free and open to the public.


Professor elin o’Hara slavick / / 919-260-5504

Student Kelly Kinder / / 919-323-5139


Artist-Professor elin o’Hara slavick


Chandler Albert

Blanca Beken

Caroline Coppola

Caroline Currier

Zoe Googe

Octavis Green

Megan Hardy

Kelly Kinder

Courtney Lockamy


Co-sponsored by:

UNC American Indian Center

UNC Art Department

Carolina Indian Circle

Black Student Movement

Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre

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