Germane Barnes in Design Dispatch

July 26th, 2023
Image Credit: Nina Johnson. Photography by Clare Britt.

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Germane Barnes completes a poignant installation honoring Emmett Till in Chicago.

Chicago nonprofit organization Blacks in Green commissioned Germane Barnes, founder of Studio Barnes, to create an installation titled Be Careful, I Always Am to honor what would have been Emmett Till’s 82nd birthday. The installation, unveiled on July 23, accompanies exterior renovations to Till’s childhood home, which will serve as a cultural house museum after restoration efforts finish in 2025. The three-floor scaffold installation incorporates yellow and red segments, representing Till’s favorite comic series, Superman, along with archival texts, conveying the tragedy and importance of Till’s story.

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  • Image Credit: Nina Johnson. Photography by Clare Britt.