Los Angeles, CA
Evolution of the Revolution is an immersive, multi-media installation created by Surreal Box Cinema, an artistic duo formed by Lynn Rossi (photographer/set designer) and Nichelle Evans (set designer/conceptual artist). Evolution of the Revolution presents a surreal photographic journey that explores the African American revolutionary path, from the Trans-Atlantic Middle Passage to the present day political arena, including pivotal moments such as the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement.
The bright, large scale photographs featured in Evolution of the Revolution do more than pay tribute to the men and women who triumphed over slavery and struggle to gain equal rights: they also provide a poignant commentary on how the revolution reverberates through contemporary culture and events. To create these layers of meaning, the artists constructed elaborate staged sets that feature live models posing with a variety of props chosen or designed to provide a sharp and often satirical historical insight.
In addition to the photographs, the exhibition displays several of the props used in the photos and a life size bus of retro style that celebrates the bravery of Rosa Parks and features the journey of other courageous African American civil rights leaders as the original riders for justice and freedom.
Exhibition overview from the CAAM website