I’ve begun a series of interviews with artists and cultural workers whose practices are engaged with movements for social justice, including the recent Occupy Wall Street movement. These articles will be published every 2 weeks or so on SFMOMA’s Open Space blog.
Many of the artists I will interview are people whose practices I deeply admire. They challenge the false divisions between art and resistance and use their practice to address oppression with the potential to initiate dialogue around issues of race, class, sexism, feminist and queer issues, and more. The first interview is with Sara Powell of Kaleidoscope Free Speech Zone and was written in effort to make visible her current struggle against eviction in the Mission District. You can read it here.
Join Artists of the 99% for a KNIT-IN on December 18th from 2 – 5PM
at Kaleidoscope Art and Free Speech Zone at 3109 24th Street (@ Folsom, right next to Philz Coffee)
Kaleidoscope Art and Free Speech Zone was started in 2009 by Sara Powell, an artist and activist. It is a community space that opens its doors to all artists and art forms – from poetry readings to punk shows to visual art exhibitions. For the past 6 months, Sara has been facing illegal eviction of Kaleidoscope (which is also her living space) by an awful landlord who refuses to make basic repairs on the building and is trying to force her out through the Ellis Act.
This is an awesome opportunity for us to show our support of Sara and Kaleidoscope Arts and speak out against unjust housing policies and a climate in San Francisco that makes it nearly impossible to survive as a low-income person and community-based artist.
We will be “occupying” Kaleidoscope and the sidewalk in front, complete with signs and banners, teaching folks how to crochet and knit and passing out our zine, raising awareness and visibility about Sara’s impending eviction and these issues. Feel free to bring other mobile art projects, food, free give aways and whatever else feels fitting. And tell your friends!
The Artist Bloc No. 1 zine is in circulation! This publication takes up the question of whether or not art is labor and considers the contribution of artists to the current Occupy Movement and social justice movements, in general. It features contributions from Christian L. Frock, Joseph del Pesco, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Mary Christmas, Elizabeth Sims, Adrienne Skye Roberts, The Beehive Collective, Welly Fletcher, Morgan R. Levy, Hannah Gustavvson, Paulina M. Nowicka, Zeph Fishlyn, Leslie Dryer and the Art Worker’s Coalition. Design and layout by Paulina M. Nowicka.
You can check it out online here. Read, print, copy, and re-distribute!
Artists of the 99% were invited to give a brief presentation at Occupy!, an event at Artist Television Access this Friday, December 9th at 6:30PM. The evening will feature the work of artists involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, film screenings and visual art. We will be passing out our zine, arm-bands and rallying artists to join the movement!