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Yeelen Gallery is proud to present &ldquo\;Black Freedom\,&r dquo\; a series of works by Miami-based artist\, Jerome Soimaud\, on view f rom February 14to May 2\, 2015. \; Known for his intricately detailed\, large-scale works of charcoal and graphite on canvas\, this exhibition fea tures the pillars of the Civil Rights Movement in Miami\, anchored by a tri bute to the last hours of the iconic Jumbo&rsquo\;s Restaurant\, a historic symbol of the undoing of American Jim Crow. &ldquo\;Black Freedom&rdquo\; functions as a critique on the socio-psychological atmosphere of the nation .

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&ldquo\;Black Freedom&rdquo\; is a continuation of the centuries old conversation on race in America and will commemorate Black History Mont h at Yeelen Gallery. The significance of this exhibit comes at a time when the nation is facing mounting division and a crisis of racial\, and socio-e conomic disorder\, we hear the cries and we are taking action\, says Karla Ferguson\, gallery director. During Miami&rsquo\;s behemoth &lsquo\;Art Bas el Week&rsquo\; protesters took to the streets shutting down the major arte ry that is I-95\, stopping traffic for hours and impeding collectors\, tour ists\, and locals alike from attending the numerous events that represent o ver $11 billion dollars to the City each year.

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&ldquo\;Black Fr eedom\, responds to recent events in the U.S. such as the killing of M ichael Brown an unarmed black man by a white police officer\; it speaks to the re-animation of the Civil Rights Movement and intends to expose and con tribute to the end of the structures of racism\, both institutional and psy chological\, which remain deeply ingrained in our culture\, yet so repugnan t to our existence as civilized people\,&rdquo\; said Ferguson. &ldquo\;Soi maud&rsquo\;s landscapes in shades of gray reflect the struggle for equalit y across lines of race and ethnicity\, as well as the familiar nuances I ha ve personally experienced as a black woman in the United States. I see the landmarks of hope in his landscapes\, and the strife of the people in his w ork. I observe generations of young and old\, black and white\, that have t aken up the torch and continue to fight for the inalienable rights that sho uld be afforded to all citizens of this great nation and beyond.&rdquo\;

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Soimaud&rsquo\;s style is a distinctive technique of painting with ch arcoal and graphite\, which is interwoven with light and a delicate yet exa cting attention to detail. This simultaneously ephemeral and realistic mien in his work offers a fleeting glimpse with the contrasting feeling of perm anence. His subjects pay homage to a bygone era of de jure segregation\, wh ile revealing the bastions of the psychological color line still separating the races in the Miami Community. &ldquo\;Black Freedom&rdquo\; reminds th e viewer that the fight for equality is not yet at an end\, and calls for a new era of activism.

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Born in Paris\, France\, in 1964\, French-Ame rican artist Jerome Soimaud moved his studio to Miami in 2006 to further do cument the world&rsquo\;s African Diaspora. Soimaud studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere\, after working under the instruction of architect Alain Farel at \;The Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His works are in public and private collections internationally.

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