Jordan Weber is a full time art-activist/curator from Des Moines, Iowa, where he currently lives. His “public installations” and studio work focus primarily on socio-environmental activism and race. Jordan’s work strives to speak for the underprivileged majority against the opulently ruling minority in order to shock the viewer from apathy hopefully perturbing oppressive conditioning to a state of self-realization.
Jordan’s public installations and gallery work has been shown and published in galleries and museums internationally including New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha, Torino, Italy and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Jordan’s recent participation in the “Manifest Justice” exhibition alongside some of the world’s most respected artists, gained him national attention through hundreds of thousands of social media hits and countless articles from major new outlets. His work, raw and direct, presents harsh realities of American culture juxtaposed with popular culture and African history.
The show includes vintage political placards, civil rights photography and dozens of works by contemporary artists — such as a gutted police car from Ferguson, which, on Wednesday afternoon, was being transformed into a garden of sorts at the “Manifest Justice” space by Des Moines artist Jordan J. Weber.
“We really come from a place where artists are a vital ingredient to social change,” says Yosi Sergant, one of the exhibition’s organizers. “They can speak truth to power in so many ways — ways that many of us can’t find words for.”
Conscientizacao: The state of perceiving social, political, and economic contradictions, in order to take action against the oppressive elements of reality.
In order for “the struggle” to truly liberate, the oppressed must first find our oppressors out. We, the oppressed, have falsely idolized and trusted a talented tenth in the inner cities of America. This tenth, Du Bois feared, would assimilate to the oppressor’s system in order to maintain their position of power, free from cultural accountability. Our current social conditioning, led by this oppressive tenth, has produced a mass of automatons—well-fed cogs in the oppressor’s machine. As a people, we have internalized this reality, sacrificing conscientizacao*, often manifesting violence horizontally throughout our communities.
Within our inner cities, we must reach a level of supreme consciousness in order to unveil our everyday realities and reflect upon them critically. Such critical reflection will lead us toward united action or activism in depth against the common oppressor. Only upon reaching a totality of reflection and action will a true liberation be reached by the oppressed masses.
This body of work critically examines oppressive-conformist constructs within our cities in order to act upon them with committed involvement, becoming their permanent re-creators.