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Anonymous: When Words Become Weapons

by Bridgit Brown

Tina Chéry is founder of The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and that was one of the first programs created in the city of Boston for inner-city families facing bereavement caused by violence in the city. Her 15-year-old son, Louis, was murdered in 1993.

Chéry attended the opening for Anonymous Boston’s: Words of Mass Destruction, a multimedia exhibit on display from November 4th through the 19th at The Fourth Wall Project on Brookline Avenue.

Words of Mass Destruction was produced by Joanna Marinova and it features the works of Thomas B. Kwest, a visual artist, Ernesto “Eroc” Arroyo, a photographer, and graphic design artists from The Colab Collective.

The exhibit features four walls of photos, video, and other media of young people who had been slain on the streets of Boston.

One wall presents these photographs of the children in a display that is interconnected by black and red threads. We see the young people at graduations, birthday parties, when they were born and who they really were – somebody’s brother, sister, cousin, nephew, friend, and somebody’s child.

Another wall features photos of the family members holding framed photographs of their dearly departed.
On a third wall is an artist’s rendering of a scene that begins on Capital Hill and ends in this ominous place between a graveyard and a chessboard.

You are bound to cry if you see this exhibit, and you might even be angered by what you see on the fourth wall.

Eroc was kind enough to speak about the fourth wall on camera at the reception. Several members of the organization known as Mothers For Justice and Equality also spoke to me about their involvement in the group. But the mother of all (so to speak) was Tina Chéry, who found great fulfillment in the exhibit, calling it a testament of what happens when families come together and support each other.