Inspiring Birmingham murals aim to encourage voting

We are only two weeks away from the U.S. general election! Voting is the only way to make sure YOUR voice is heard. Every vote counts – literally!

If you’re on Facebook or Instagram you’ve probably seen the reminders about voting and elections. Facebook sends these reminders to help people make their voice heard during an election period. These reminders are only sent to people who are of age to vote, no matter which party they support.

Voting is Voice

In another tactic to make your voice heard, Facebook is highlighting the importance of civic engagement and encouraging Americans to vote by commissioning five artists from across the country on a series of temporary public murals. The five artists are all part of Facebook’s Artists in Residency (AIR) program and have all completed other commissioned art for Facebook in the past.

The murals were inspired by the idea that “Voting is Voice.” With this theme, the artists were invited to consider voting as a powerful tool of personal and collective voice. Each mural design was installed earlier this month in 10 cities including Birmingham, for a total of 50 murals in place through election day. The murals feature QR codes and a URL that direct viewers to Facebook’s Voter Information Center and to Instagram.

Artists and Mural Location

The participating artists represent diverse backgrounds and identities and their original artwork was designed to reflect their respective communities. Their murals highlight the importance of a multiplicity of voices in a healthy society, the power of personal narratives as vehicles for change, and our collective responsibility to acknowledge and amplify a wide spectrum of experience and perspectives.

Edie Fake

Edie Fake, born in 1980, lives and works in Twentynine Palms, CA. Fake is a multimedia artist and transgender activist whose work addresses themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity in the form of zines, prints, comics, drawings, tattoos, paintings, installations, and performances. This mural reflects Fake’s interest in depicting “ecstatic queer architectures” in the context of our rapidly changing social and political climate.

(Edie Fake)

See his beautiful mural at 1922 3rd Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020.

Jamilla Okubo

Jamilla Okubo, born in 1993, lives and works in Washington, DC. Okubo’s work draws on her American/Kenyan/Trinidadian identity and incorporates both ancestral and contemporary cultural wisdom. Combining elements of figurative painting, pattern and textile design, fashion, and storytelling, Jamilla celebrates the Black body in relation to movement, expression, ideology, and culture, and invites viewers to find a reflection of themselves in the context of community.

(Jamilla Okubo)

See Jamilla’s mural in person at 1908 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205.

Ramsy Masri

Ramzy Masri, born in 1988, lives and works in New York, NY. Masrib is a graphic designer, photographer and artist whose work celebrates the power and joy of being true to your authentic self. He invites viewers to reimagine the world as a colorful, magical queer-normative space where you can connect with your inner child and discover a more vibrant tomorrow.

(Ramzy Masri)

See this work of art at 2306 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, 35203.

Tiff Massey

Tiff Massey, born in 1982, lives and works in Detroit, MI. Massey is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is inspired by African standards of economic vitality and informed by her own experiences living in an industrial urban center in flux. Her artistic practice is influenced by the iconic material culture of 1980s hip-hop and explores contemporary class and race dynamics through the lens of the African Diaspora.

(Tiff Massey)

Check out the mural at 735 Eighth Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204.

Troy Lamarr Chew II

Troy Lamarr Chew II, born in 1992, lives and works in CA. He uses painting to weave together narratives of contemporary Black culture and indigenous African visuals. The references to West African textiles and hip-hop culture in his work aim to reconnect African Americans with their African heritage after its intentional erasure through the legacy of American slavery and Jim Crow.

(Troy Lamarr Chew)

You can find Troy’s mural located at 625 19th Street Ensley, Birmingham, AL 35218.

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