Sarasota News Leader

01/31/2014

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us was a reality," she says, "so, no, we don't talk much about that. But I get it. I totally get it." In addition to the images, the show includes a tall portion of chain-link fence. Attendees are encouraged to write down their responses on white cards stacked nearby and then zip- tie them to the fence. "The images depict the social suicide that young people are commit- ting today," reads one of the first cards posted. Participants are also encouraged to discuss the pieces on social media with the hashtag "KinKillinKinSRQ." Pate says he's been pleased to see the conver- sations he hoped to inspire taking place, but even if no one wanted to exhibit his work or invite him to speak, he'd be doing what he's doing anyway: making his art. "I need to do it for my own blues," he adds. Pate's work has become a hot commodity. Clark Atlanta University recently mounted a collection of Pate's originals, and the display of reproduc- tions at the North Sarasota Library is booked through 2015. Even after more than a decade of work, Pate doesn't consider KKK a finished collection. He's constantly adding new images, and doesn't see himself stopping till black-on- black violence recedes: "I'll continue to do them as long as it's an epidemic." KKK: Kin Killin' Kin is on display at the North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, through Feb. 22. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. % James Pate with the key to the City of Sarasota, presented to him at the North Sarasota Library on Tuesday. Sarasota News Leader January 31, 2014 Page 85

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