The Kneeling Art Photography is a community social justice art project that explores the meaning and evolution of the Take-A-Knee gesture as Maine photographers record the images of people from diverse communities across Maine.

We have all seen the protests that followed the brutal murder of George Floyd. Untold thousands of people of all races, ages, and genders, as well as many cultural backgrounds and social classes in numerous cities across America and the world, adopted the gesture of getting on one knee.

In this project, ten Maine photographers capture images of Maine people who work to end racism and secure social justice at local, national, and international levels. Whites, blacks and other people of color, students, business owners, workers, artists, retired persons, physicians, activists, immigrants, and LBGT people have taken part in the project by taking-a-knee and writing personal statements, these Mainers give voice to communities of Maine people who support this historic struggle.

The culmination of the project will include: 1) four photography exhibitions in 2021, titled “The Kneeling Art Photo Exhibit” 2) a round table on protest art and the artist in conflict resolution, and 3) creation of a photography book titled Taking a Knee For Change.

Upcoming Exhibitions

UMVA Gallery Exhibit

516 Congress St, Portland, ME

Opening Reception: August 6, 5-8 PM

Exhibiting from August 6 to August 27

Roundtable Discussion 1

The role of Art/Artists in the resolution of social conflicts

516 Congress St, Portland, ME, August 13, 4 PM

IRMC Exhibit

The University of Maine at Orono

Exhibiting September 3 to 29

Roundtable Discussion 2

The University of Maine at Orono

September 7, 5-9 PM

Past Exhibitions

The Francis Exhibit

747 Congress St, Portland, Maine

Opening Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8 PM

Exhibiting from July 2- July 30

Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) Exhibit and Projections

Waterville, Maine

Opening Reception: Projections at Waterville Opera House, July 9, 9-11 PM

Gallery Opening: 18 Main St, Colby College, Waterville, ME, July 10-18

Collaborative Workshop

Community, Art, Activism

18 Main St, Colby College, Waterville, ME, July 10, 4-6 PM

Languages Spoken: English, French