Jan 12th 2018

Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence is a community-based, artist-led, visual project and exhibition, curated by a team of artists within For the People Artists Collective.

While our city has been in national headlines around Jon Burge Torture, the Homan Square ‘black site’, and the Laquan McDonald murder tape, we, as both artists and organizers, see the need to go beyond mainstream media’s fixation on isolated incidents. The Black Lives Matter movement is at a pivotal moment where dialogue has shifted from challenging police brutality, to challenging the violence inherent in policing as a whole system. This shift manifests in public demands being made by Black organizers to #DefundPolice and to #FundBlackFutures. The organizers within us know that this shift is critical to pushing closer towards liberation. The artists within us know that we are needed to help envision what our liberation could look like.

The exhibition will allow audience members to engage with Chicago’s history of police violence in order to better understand what led to our present circumstances. The exhibition will invite viewers to imagine a future without policing, serving as a space in which we can envision new structures for community safety that are not reliant on police and prisons.

This month-long, city-wide exhibition will take place at the Hairpin Arts Center and Art In These Times in Logan Square, Uri-Eichen Gallery in Pilsen, and Roman Susan Gallery in Rogers Park. The exhibition will be paired with teach-ins, workshops, performances, and panels on the topic of policing, challenging state violence, exploring abolition, and community healing.

Hairpin Arts Center
6pm Doors Open
7pm Program (details soon)

wheelchair-accessible ○ gender-neutral bathrooms ○ seating available ○ close to public transit ○ free to the public

Light snacks and drinks provided

FTP artists Monica Trinidad, Sarah-Ji Rhee, Ruby Pinto, Deb Kim and Serena Hodges

Jireh L. Drake • Serena Hodges • Deb Kim • Johannil Napoleon • Ruby Pinto • Sarah-Ji Rhee • K Rodriguez • Tesh Silver • Tita Thomas • Monica Trinidad • Ricardo Levins Morales • Kuumba Lynx • Darien R. Wendell • Hoda Katebi & Mary Zerkel • Zitali Yunuhem • Chicago Torture Justice Memorials • Citizens Police Data Project • Clandestino • Asha Edwards • Eric Garcia • Grace Needlman • Nicole Marroquin • Rachel Wallis • Larry Redmond • Aisha Oxley • Rebel Betty • Ari Mejia • Ava Mohtashemi • C.R. Cooper • Carla Nicol Argueta • Crystal Dunn • Terry Rudd • Salome Chasnoff & Meredith Zielke • Tyler Clark • Raven Wells • Marten Katze • Theresa Campagna • Lauren Victoria • Dawn Liddicoatt • and more!


This exhibition is made possible thanks to the Propeller Fund. We’d also like to thank our Artist Advisory Panel members William Estrada and Vita Cleveland.



If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at forthepeopleartists@gmail.com, or send us a message.

Please also let us know if you need translation, childcare, or scent-free spaces.


If your organization would like to sponsor this exhibition, contact Monica Trinidad at mtrini2@gmail.com.

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