Kin Killin' Kin


November 14, 2015 through February 13, 2016


Kin Killin’ Kin is a striking visual experience exploring youth violence in inner city communities. Local artist and Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts alum James Pate uses charcoal to create compelling visual scenes of young black men donned in Ku Klux Klan hoods committing or in the act of committing violent acts. Pate’s series was inspired by conversations he had in his own community, calling out the similarities between gang violence and the terrorism inflicted by the Ku Klux Klan.

By combining the iconography of the Ku Klux Klan, the Civil Rights Movement and all too familiar images of gang violence, Pate places the viewer inside the acts and the conversation, demanding their attention and reflection on the challenges, causes and insidious nature of violence.

The Kin Killin’ Kin series is organized by SHANGO: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture & EbonNia Gallery and curated by Willis Bing Davis.