Power to the Poster

Hands Up! Don't Shoot by Keith Francis

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Artist Statement

"The Hands Up! Don\'t Shoot poster reflects the national debate on the Ferguson, Missouri shooting on August 9, 2014. Citizens, political leaders and professional athletes are showing solidarity with their Hands Up! Don\'t Shoot protest. The use of lethal force in the death of Michael Brown, racial discrimination and excessive use of police force are expressed concerns by protesters." - Keith Francis

Since the late 1990\'s, Francis has used a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting, graphic design and drawing to explore the complex relationship between social, political and environmental issues. In 2013 Francis began a commissioned piece called \'Reflections of Being\', arguably his largest outdoor sculpture for the University of Mississippi, Museum in Oxford, MS. Through labor-intensive hand forming of stainless steel, welding and fabrication. Currently Keith is exhibiting a conceptual mixed media art piece examining the racial segregation and disenfranchisement of African Americans rights to vote in the South, called “Let\'s Vote” for a \"Commemorative of the Civil Rights Movement: 1964-1968\" at Delaware State University, Dover, DE.

About Power to the Poster

Power to the Poster seeks poster designs that are catalysts for change. They challenge where we've been and set a course for where we could go. It is our hope we add to the dialogue of what is next for America and the world. Launched in 2011 by Justin Kemerling.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.