All of Mankind Mural on 617 W. Evergreen Ave
The mural All of Mankind reflects the national movement for human and civil rights during the sixties and seventies and symbolizes the unity of the human race with four intertwined figures —Jesus, Dr. King, Malcolm X, and Anne Frank. The building was sold in 2015 to a new private owner. On December 10th, 2015, a previous owner whitewashed the mural while a small group was trying to raise funding in order to preserve it. After the demolition of the Cabrini Green public housing, there no longer was a community interested in preserving the mural. As an observer, I explore the relationship between location and cultural identity to question inclusivity and exclusivity, racial diversity, resistance, and positionality—what is the socio-political implication and impact of whitewashing? What is the meaning of erasing a symbol (landmark) of the community?
In my new abstract painting series, Object and Subjective painting (2018-), I attempt to create architectural surface on canvas by recollecting my own memories, objects, narratives from the particular site. I investigate the past and the present of the Strangers Home Missionary Baptist Church in
Cabrini Green. The architecture itself represents the transformation of the community from mainly Italian-American to African-American families. In 1972, Chicago based muralist William Walker painted All of Mankind on the façade of the church. Walker is known for creating the Wall of Respect (1967), which started the community mural movement in the US.