Resistance comes in many forms. For some it is a photograph. For others it is a poster. For many, living in homophobic, racist, misogynistic, transphobic, xenophobic, and bigoted conditions is the ultimate act of resistance.

The 2016 presidential election renewed my political activism, as it has for many. Since connecting with local organizations and participating in actions, I have witnessed a tremendous wave of beauty, courage and empathy. For my Masters of Fine Arts thesis project at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), I would like to acknowledge some of the thousands in Providence that partake in these activities. I see the project as a gesture and a personalized way for me to add to the momentum of resistance. I see this as an opportunity for me to learn from city organizers and individuals who have been working on the ground WELL before and after the election.

This project is not for profit.

Connect

Contact, meet, and talk with a minimum of 10 individuals in the resistance movement of Providence, Rhode Island.

Ask each to bring an object that somehow represents their resistance work (this object will need to be of no great value to them).

Interview each participant and ask why they chose that specific object and record our conversation (with permission from participant).

Make

Create fine art prints based on the objects and stories from each participant, utilizing intaglio, serigraphic and lithographic methods.

Suite of prints will be the same size, made on the same paper, and incorporate black with one additional color.

Gift

Each participant will receive one of the prints created from their objects and stories as a gesture of gratitude and small token of appreciation.

Outcomes

Showcase each participant’s print, object and story in the RISD thesis exhibition, Spring 2017.

Create a thesis book that contains the images, stories and my reflections on the process.

 

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