For Jobs and Freedom, 2019
Threads, pastel, embroidery, tapestry oil on canvas
27.5 X 41 in / 27.5 X 104.14 cm
For Jobs and Freedom tells the story of how activist and civil rights leaders worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bayard Rustin (along with the rest of the “Big Six”) to produce a march, The March for Jobs and Freedom (1963), that would unite the different Civil Rights movements and fend off segregationists. The narrative of this painting is about the people who don't have a voice and can't be heard. The subject is watching, and she understands what's going on, but can't express herself for a better change in our community and the country.
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Ghislaine Sabiti is an interdisciplinary French/American Congolese-born artist, a painter, costume designer, and teaching artist who was raised on the outskirts of Paris, France and is now based in New York. She studied fine art at Atelier Chantier du Coq and graduated with honors in fashion design from Atelier Chardon Savard in Paris, France. She studies glass lamp-work and photo decals at Urban Glass. She highlights the technical form used in both African and European arts, which stress form and color.
Sabiti completed a fellowship at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute Cycle VIII of the Spring ICA, Fellowship and New York foundation of the Arts Immigrant Artist Program. Her work has been exhibited and commissioned nationally and internationally in France and the U.S. in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows including galleries and museum such as El Teatro del Museo Del Barrio, Occupy Museum Debt Fair at the Whitney Biennial, Atelier Rosal, Westfield State University Arno Maris Gallery, Rio Gallery, shapeshifterlab, Harlem School of the Arts, Brooklyn Film and Art Festival and Small Space Fest, and Poe Park Visitor Center. Ghislaine is nominated by Chashama for an artist residency at the Marcel Breuer House Pocantico Center/Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Jamaica Center and Learning, Urban glass, Chashama and Commission for the Lexington Hotel, New York, Salon du Prêt-à-Porter. Sabiti was also an award winner for the Dupont De Nemours hosiery design competition for DIM Company.