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DEPICTING Bayard Rustin

“The proof that one truly believes is in action.” – Bayard Rustin

“Equality. Blackness. Power. Fetishism. America. Wisdom. Martyr. Integration. Injustice. Strength. Knowledge. Race. Freedom. Segregation. Courage. Shootings. Humanity. Determination. Inequality. Lynching. Resilience. Homophobia. Enlightenment. Oppression. Hope. Man. Beauty. Other. Revolution. Woman. Identity. Child. Violence. Love. Inferiority. Unity. Me. You & Us.
This painting depicts the truth of the United States of America and the systemic conditions imposed on people of a darker complexion that Bayard Rustin dedicated his life to change.” – Sissòn

A collage of paper cut-outs on parchment of the history of the African American experience in the United States of America.
Finding Bayard aka Double or Nothin' [Bayard Rustin], 2018. Sissòn. Courtesy of Stephanie Bridger and artist Sissòn.
A photo depicting the somewhat eccentric appearance of an African American artist with a short beard and mustache, wearing round brass-rimmed glasses, a wavy-rimmed straw hat, and a partially unbuttoned striped blue shirt under a deep blue jacket.



(b. 1986) Sissòn is a non-binary, self-taught American artist. Their work reveals and questions the experience and social constructs of race, identity, and power. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Glendale, Arizona, Sissòn began their creative curriculum at age seven under the tutelage of their mother, Kimberlin. When she passed away in 2006, Sissòn abandoned their practice for almost a decade. They returned in 2015, creating work that would form the basis of their first solo show, Ivory, Gold, Slaves. Sissòn continues to eschew the gallery system, showing independently in New York and Los Angeles where they live and work.

A black & white photo of two African American men in business attire standing, talking and smoking on either side of a sign that reads “National Headquarters | March On Washington For Jobs & Freedom | Wed. Aug. 28”.

Bayard Rustin, 1963. Orlando Fernandez. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsca-35538.

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