Decolonizing street art: Anti-colonial street artists convergence
ARTS – Decolonizing street art: Anti-colonial street artists convergence will take place at the end of August 2014, August 25th to September 3th in Montreal, Canada. This project fosters the idea of bringing together street artists of indigenous and settler origins and build an artistic community of shared anticolonial values. The convergence will promote a type of street art that advocates the decolonization of Turtle Island and will remind the montrealers of the city’s colonial history. The eleven artists, living across Canada and the USA, already focus part of their work on issues related to indigenous resistance such as environmental struggles against pipelines and mining and justice for missing and murdered native women.
Decolonizing street art : Anti-colonial street artists convergence will organize its activities around two different axes. The first artistic axe will bring together the street artists to create art pieces in the streets of Montreal. The works will differ in medium, subject and relationship to the public sphere. They are a differents works like murals, wheatpaste and textiles installations who diversified the street artists mediums. The murals sites choices take place in collaboration with organisms devoted to the urban native community of Montreal and Indigenous youth centres.
The second community axe will foster the idea of creating spaces to discuss political issues related to colonialism between the participants and organisms devoted to the urban native community of Montreal. There should also be activities specifically designed to involve the indigenous youth. Indigenous youth from youth centers can realize murals and other installations with artists. These projects allow youth an interesting initiation to visual arts and valorize their cultures. It will therefore be to establish solidarity between street artists from different backgrounds and locals community groups.
Decolonizing street art : Anti-colonial street artists convergence establish solidarity and eradicate prejudices and stereotypes about Aboriginal people who are still struggling today to take their place in the visual arts. The project will enable a better understanding of the historical, social and cultural realities of Indigenous world by promoting the exchange of knowledge between nations.
The fact that it is included in the public space will initiate a dialogue on decolonization with public. It is imperative to develop a collective discussion on colonialism to better identify opportunities for collective decolonization. Urban installations and muralist art, praticed in America, contribute to the democratization of art and to develop social and political questions about humans rights.
To finance a part of the project, we realized a indiegogo campaign, donations can be made until July 11, 2014. Click on the link for more information or to donate:
(Photos and article provided by Camille Larivée, Event Director of Decolonizing Street Art)