I was recently commissioned by We Belong Together (an initiative of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, with the participation of women’s organizations, immigrant rights groups, children, and families across the country) to create this political graphic.
This year, from September 15 - 23, one hundred women will walk on a 100-mile pilgrimage from a detention center in York County, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC. Set to arrive when the Pope will be speaking in Congress and meeting with the President, they will walk carrying stories from a site of human suffering to the Pope with a message of human dignity.
For more information about the pilgrimage and to meet some of the walkers, visit www.webelongtogether.org/
Unceded Voices is the second annual anti-colonial convergence of Indigenous and women of color, in Tiotia: ke (so called Montréal), unceded Kanien’kéhá:ka (Mohawk) and Algonquin territories, who reclaimed public space to share their art-works. Check out the first episode in a series of videos that will share who we are and our experiences during the convergence. Meet the artists: Meet the artists- Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde,Jess Sabogal, Elizabeth Blancas, Melanie Cervantes, Swarm, Lianne Charlie,Dayna Danger and Jessica Canard. If you like what you see donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/uncededvoices
In less than two weeks I will be travelling to Tiotia:ke (“Montreal”) to partcipate in Unceded Voices and anti-colonial street art convergence. It will be my first time in the territory and I am excited to meet the other participating artists. This convergence is funded through grassroots fundraising and is not accepting government or corporate funding. It is made entirely possible by people who believe that art and culture can amplify worldviews that are centered from Indigenous perspectives. Please consider donating to the fundraising campaign here: -> donate: www.gofundme.com/uncededvoices
Anti-colonial Street Artists Convergence
August 14-23, 2015 – Tiotia:ke / “Montreal”
Throughout UNCEDED VOICES, visiting and local artists will be creating art pieces on the streets of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) between August 14 until August 23. Some of these collaborations will be open to the public. There will also be several events open to the public (workshops, panels, screenings, etc.). For updates, visit our website (decolonizingstreetart.com) or our facebook page (www.facebook.com/decolonizingstreetart)
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Cam (Montreal) * Demian Diné Yazhi’ (Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment)* Jessica Sabogal (Oakland) * lianne charlie (Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation) * Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde (Kahnawake) * Melanie Cervantes (Oakland) * Mitra Fakhrashrafi / #Decolonize History (Toronto) * Red Bandit (Toronto) * Warraba Weatherall (Gamilaraay Nation)
More artists to be confirmed. Read more about the participating artists here:http://decolonizingstreetart.com/participating-artists-2015
ABOUT UNCEDED VOICES
The goal of Decolonizing Street Art is two-fold: to develop a network of solidarity and support between Indigenous street artists; to promote anti-colonial resistance through diverse street art interventions.
At present, Decolonizing Street Art organizes an annual convergence of street artists in Montreal. The second gathering will take place this coming August 14-23, 2015 under the name “Unceded Voices”.
During Unceded Voices, artists from all over Turtle Island (and beyond) will be making street art interventions on the streets of Montreal. Unceded Voices will also include workshops and panels on the theme of anti-colonialism.
This year (2015) all participating artists are Indigenous and/or people of colour. In the long-term, Decolonizing Street Art is focused specifically on supporting a solidarity network of women-identified Indigenous street artists.
The organizing principles of Decolonizing Street Art include opposition to colonialism, capitalism, and all forms of oppression, including but not limited to racism, patriarchy, heterosexism, ableism and transphobia. We organize on the basis of solidarity, mutual aid and support, as anti-colonial street artists and supporters.
Decolonizing Street Art is a grassroots initiative. We refuse state and corporate funding. Our overall budget (less than $4000 annually) is raised via crowdfunding and the support of local groups and individuals.
Decolonizing Street Art promotes autonomous street art (distinct from public art) that is not financed by government or corporate institutions, or represents their interests.
Decolonizing Street Art’s lead organizer is Camille Larivée, a queer and feminist Innu street artist based in Montreal, with the support of local allied individuals and organizations. The original idea for Decolonizing Street Art emerged from a conversation between Camille and Tom GreyEyes (Navajo) in November 2013.
SUPPORT UNCEDED VOICES
Here are some ways you can support Unceded Voices:
FINANCIAL DONATION: We are currently raising the money needed for Unceded Voices (to cover travel costs of participants, as well as materials). Visit our gofundme campaign to make a donation: www.gofundme.com/uncededvoices; you can also get in touch by e-mail to make a cash donation: email@example.com
Please share our facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/970129306351884
Link to our website: www.decolonizingstreetart.com
Get in touch about getting flyers and posters: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARE MATERIALS: Please consider making in-kind donations. Some of our needs include: paint, spraypaint, brushes and scaffolding. To make a donation, e-mail us at email@example.com to make arrangements.
WALL SPACES: We’re on the look-out for wall spaces in Montreal for murals and wheatpasting. If you can help us out, get in touch by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials: Birch wood and Sage ashes
Dimensions: 36” X 48”
Location: Nevada City, Occupied Nisenan Land
Date: October 2014
Four portraits of local Nisenan ancestors were created and placed on the mountain side at the For-Site Foundation in Nevada City. The portraits are facing the buttes in view to the west where the sun sets and the Nisenan creation stories say is where they came from and go to in the afterlife. The four are grandparents and great grandparents of Shelly Covert, the Secretary of the Nisenan Tribe. The Nisenan lived in what became Nevada City when miners showed up to the area during the gold rush in 1849 and they lost most of their land where they held ceremonies, gatherings and lived since time immemorial.
Ancestors Honor Death
Family Carries On
Powerful Heritage Dances
Wind Reclaims Culture
Silent Movement Returns
Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., San Francisco, CA
Opening Reception: Friday., May 15, 6-9 p.m.
Open Saturday, May 16 12pm-6pm and Sunday, May 17 12pm-5pm
Free and open to the public
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