CultureStrike and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative present:
"WE ARE THE STORM"
Art print portfolio highlights the resistance and resilience of communities under threat by climate change.
Climate change continues to have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable communities around the globe, including migrants and communities of color -- people who are typically marginalized in our society. CultureStrike, in collaboration with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, has forged partnerships between artists and frontline environmental justice organizations to create a provocative, limited-edition art print portfolio, called "We Are The Storm," that highlights the urgency of climate change on these communities.
The portfolio draws inspiration from the powerful work of grassroots groups that are championing creative and community-based solutions to combat climate change, and resisting industrial fossil fuel projects, such as the Tar Sands projects, the Keystone pipeline, fracking operations, destructive mining practices, and the transporting and burning of toxic fuels. The featured artworks bring voices from frontline communities that are being the most impacted by climate change and destructive environmental practices, to the forefront of the climate change discussion.
“I see art as a way to bring things to life. If people see themselves in the image, they can become more aware, or question things more, as the beginning of taking action,” said Gilda Posada, CultureStrike "We Are The Storm" artist. “It's made me much more aware of both how much the presence of people of color are important to the [environmental] movement, but also how much more we need to be present and visible.”
At the heart of this important project is the belief that art has the power to move the climate conversation in a new direction. It’s primary goal is to challenge the status quo of the environmental movement by lifting up the voices of underrepresented communities and engaging artists who might not otherwise have seen themselves as agents of change.
Artists and Collaborating Organizations
Agana/Southwest Worker’s Union (SWU)
Micah Bazant/Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
Kevin Caplicki/Marcellus Shale Earth First!
Thea Gahr/Everglades Earth First! (EEF!)
Thomas Greyeyes/The San Carlos Apache
Nicolas Lampert/The Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MICATS)
Fernando Marti/No More Deaths
Colin Matthes/Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
Mazatl/Reclaim Turtle Island (RTI)
Nicolas Medina/People Organizing to Demand Environmental Justice
Roger Peet/Portland and Wild Idaho Rising Tide
Gilda Posada/California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA)
Jesse Purcell/Unistoten Camp (C’ihlts’ehkyu/Big Frog Clan)
Pete Railand/Occupy Sandy
Favianna Rodriguez/Movement Generation (MG)
Julio Salgado/Texas Environmental Justice Advisory Services (TEJAS)
Meredith Stern/Bridge the Gulf
Rommy Torrico/Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC)
Mary Tremonte, -Tar Sands Blockade
Erin Yoshi/Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Bec Young/Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival (RAMPS)
11/30/15 - 12/11/15 - Paris, France
To view all pieces, check out our:
Impact Hub/Omi Gallery Exhibition
Monday, November 16, 2015 - January 15, 2016
2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Media Contact: Layel Camargo
Project Team and Funding
The Climate Change Portfolio was organized and produced by Roger Peet, Favianna Rodriguez, and Gabriel Harrison. It was printed by Jesse Purcell at Repetitive Press in Toronto, Canada, and at Inkworks in Oakland, CA. Portfolio cover by Roger Peet.
The Climate Change portfolio was made possible in part by funding from Compton Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
CultureStrike is a migrant-led organization that works with a national network of artists to change public sentiment around migration. We believe that art is critical to changing national consciousness around issues such as migrant rights, climate justice, and racial justice. Since our founding in 2011, we have connected a national network of 200+ socially engaged artists, provided space and funding for professional and creative development, developed shared strategy with movement groups, and spearheaded dozens of events and campaigns that have resonated in local venues, social media, and the halls of power. As we grow we continue to develop new projects that amplify our strategy and inspire new artists and audiences with visions of social justice. www.culturestrike.org
About Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets – all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends. www.justseeds.org.