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Art and Upheaval :: Photo Essay :: 1

The Watts Prophets: USA
Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press
Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press
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Test of Will and War: Australia
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Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press
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Resurrection Dance: Cambodia
Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press
Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press Thumbnail image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press
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Image from the book Art and Upheaval by William Cleveland, courtesy new Village Press
Photo by Ed Colver, courtesy The Watts Prophets.
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The Watt Prophets: USA

The Watts Prophets in front of the legendary Watts Towers (from left to right Otis O’Solomon, Amde Hamilton, and Richard Dedeux). The Prophets live, work and create in Watts, California, something they have done for more than thirty years.

The group met and connected in the early seventies at the Watts Writers Workshop. They were among the best of the students coming from this legendary community writing and performance center. Quincy Troupe, Stanley Crouch, and Kamal Daa’ood were also among the program’s early graduates.

In the 90ies, the Prophets came back matured and fully grown into an elder/griot role for the hip-hop generation.


Art and Upheaval book coverThis photo-essay features images from William Cleveland's book Art and Upheaval. The book tells remarkable stories about artists who resolve conflict, heal unspeakable trauma, give voice to the forgotten and disappeared, and restitch the cultural fabric of their communities.

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