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Sylvia Maier x Yeelen Miami, “Currency” Collection Reminds Us That Our Lives Are Priceless

Sylvia Parker Maier is an innovative artist whose work has been featured on the Empire TV show.  Jamal and Yazz declared that it “Ain’t About the Money” and Maier is sending a similar message through her “Currency” series.

Sylvia Maier Yeelen Galley Currency
Sylvia Maier Yeelen Galley Currency

“Currency” is a part of the “what’s INSIDE HER never dies…a Black Woman’s Legacy” exhibition that is currently on display at the Yeelen Gallery:

Yeelen Gallery
294 NW 54th Street
Little Haiti, Miami 33127

“Currency” provokes a debate about individual value and our sense of self worth.  Maier has added a twist to the series.  The coins show mothers who have lost their kids to police brutality:

“Currency” features numerous mothers of black men who have been killed by police including Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo.  Amadou’s priceless life was taken on February 4, 1999.  Four New York City police officers fired a total of 41 shots, 19 striking Diallo, who was outside of his apartment located in the Soundview section of The Bronx.
The officers were charged with second-degree murder yet acquitted at trial.  Diallo was unarmed.  In 2003, the block where Amadou was killed was renamed Amadou Diallo Place to honor the 22-year old on the fourth anniversary of his death.
Amadou Diallo's Mother Kadiatou Sylvia Maier Currency
Amadou Diallo’s Mother Kadiatou Sylvia Maier Currency

“Currency” will be on display until February 28, 2015.

By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More