Freedom of Speech, 2016
serigraphy, 24″ x 18 3/8″
Ohio Artists For Freedoms
Art Academy of Cincinnati

Ohio Artists For Freedoms was a group exhibition curated by Emily Momohara at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The exhibition was put together in conjunction with the For Freedoms Federation, founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman to encourage new forms of critical discourse and the use of art as a vehicle to build greater participation in American Democracy.

The print series Seeds of Colonialism were exhibited along with an excerpt from Polo’s film Brújula. In the video, shot on January 25th, 2018, Polo sat down with Pedro R. Vélez, an artist and art critic living and working in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They talked about the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the difficulties facing Puerto Rican artists and their lack of coverage by a biased media.

Harrod Suarez, a Professor of English and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College, wrote an essay about the Ohio Artists for Freedoms exhibition called Midterm Evaluations, Swing State Aesthetics. The essay appears in the March 2020 issue of American Quarterly, an important journal that has been in print since 1949 and published by Johns Hopkins University Press.