Teaching the Future

Teaching the next generation about the ongoing struggle is critical in equipping them with tools needed to stand proudly in who we are as a people.

“Stand for something, or you will fall for anything.”

Rosa Parks

A woman carries a child on her back. She herself is young, but her brow is furrowed with resolve and the burden of her experiences. Her gaze is fixed ahead, alongside the crowd’s. Much of her company raises their arms towards the sky in power, but her hands are occupied in protection of her daughter. Unlike the others, the girl’s face is turned inward behind her mother’s head, sheltered. Sheltered, but unable to be protected forever, and likely already learning the burden of becoming a woman of color. The image speaks to the generational experience of racism, and the generational fight against it.

Amir Leung-Tat, Teaching the Future, 2020. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.

Amir Leung-Tat

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Ubuntu is a exhibition of the photography of Amir Leung-Tat. An interpretation of the Nguni term which means "I am because we are" and associated African philosophy which promotes the interconnectedness of humanity, Leung-Tat's work represents a poignant exploration of the vast totality of the black experience through the eyes of an artist coming of age. Shot during his time in Keyna, as well as during the 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Boston, MA, his work captures the enduring connections and similarities that override geographical differences. Despite the forced separation of Black bodies from their homeland, there is a vibrant energy and resolve to overcome obstacles and a singularity of spirit that remains connected across time and space.

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