Wednesday 5th Sep 2018
– Monday 27th Aug 2018
Opening: 6 September, 6 – 8pm
M – F, 9am – 5pm
Put on by 4Culture
Eschewing traditional perspective in favor of a flattened and abstracted treatment, Pitre depicts the Central District’s history of African American, Chinese, Jewish, and Filipino communities with vibrancy and intensity.
The alarming rate of urban development and its impact on these longstanding communities, especially the African American community, is at the core of the work. We Are One is a statement about racial injustice as much as it is historic interpretation.
The collection highlights prominent figures and iconic places, including former Seattle city councilman Wing Luke; Sister Gregory, Pitre’s aunt who became a nun at the age of 16; the residents and shacks of Hooverville; and the Gang of Four, a group of four men from different cultural backgrounds who formed a powerful political alliance to combat inequity. He paints the faces of all of these figures in a Cubist style, showing several different outlooks and emotions simultaneously.
“Recognizing the continued struggle and lack of representation of communities of color in the arts has led me here, to help reveal our stories and experiences. The idea behind this series is to express how important diversity really is in a community,” Pitre says. “The inclusiveness behind the work is meant to show that we need each other again. We have to come back together and start standing up for our community as a whole.”