Art Exhibit: A Celebration of Black History Month

1199SEIU Bread & Roses Cultural Project & Leslie Williams

Cordially invite you to attend a celebration of Black History Month of *ICONS* with Haitian Master Painter Richard Barbot.

Art exhibition and sale runs February 3-28, 2020.

Presented and Curated by Leslie Williams: | 646.912.2506


February 10TH, 2020 - 5-9PM
310 West 43rd Street NY (Between 8th & 9th Avenue)
Gallery located in the Lobby
For viewing hours please call 212.261.2210
For further information contact: Bonita Gallery Curator: 212-603-0026 |
Richard Barbot Web site:

Name of artist: Richard Barbot

Title: The New Revolution

Size: 60"x48"


Francois Capois was indeed one of the heroes of the history of Haitian independence. History has us told that this man was of indisputable bravery. His weapon was guided by his conviction that was to change things, change the condition of his fellows. But what conditions? Slavery established by the French in Haiti for a long time and the system of oppression legitimized by the famous black code. The black code was that piece of paper that treated black people as objects, legalized the tortures and (the cherry on the cake) even advised some recipes of tortures. Men and women from Africa have suffered enormously. A suffering that was so great that it called for revolt and insurrection. The breath of freedom and revolt that emanates from this painting try with the color, to talk about the dedication that these men and women had put in this fight. A fight indeed is the business of every day and today still the fight continues because if the oppressor has changed, the oppression remains.

In this work, Capois on his horse tramples the black code while a very diverse crowd accompanies him. They're armed with books and musical instruments instead of weapons of war because ignorance and the spirit of division are the new enemies this society must face. A people, a community that ignores itself cannot move forward. The past is a story that blows in our ears the wind of revolution but change begins with knowledge. That's it THE NEW REVOLUTION.

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