Art & Anarchy 2015
MAY 22-24, 2015
At the Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA)
3rd floor, 2515 rue Delisle (métro Lionel-Groulx)
* Friday, May 22: 6pm-9pm, Opening Gathering & Launch
* Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24: 10am-5pm, during the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
free – welcome to all
childcare available on-site
we regret that the Art & Anarchy exhibition is not accessible to wheelchairs
Art & Anarchy brings together the creations of anarchist-inspired artists and organizers. This year’s Art & Anarchy exhibition includes paintings, illustrations, posters, prints, sculptures and more.
Participating Artists & Groups:
Anarchy In The Streets * Artivistic Collective * Beehive Design Collective * Judith Brisson * Celebrate People’s History * Colectivo de inmigrantes españoles en Montreal (CIEM) * Peter Collins / Termite Collective * Nidal El-Khairy * Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative * Kevin Yuen Kit Lo / LOKI * Tournesol Plante * Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment / Demian DinéYazhi’ * Sidetracks * Swarm * Ta blessure de flic * David Whiteside * Zola
Read more about Art & Anarchy below.
Anarchist Bookfair Opening Gathering / Art & Anarchy Launch
Friday, May 22, 6pm-9pm
On the Friday before the Anarchist Bookfair, join us for a social gathering at the CEDA. This event will be an opening for Art & Anarchy; meet the contributing artists and get a first look at this year’s exhibition.
It’s also a gathering space for artists, workshop presenters, distributors, volunteers and collective members involved with the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. The Anarchist Film Festival will also present a series of short films.
There will be food and drinks, as well as other activities to check out. We’ll be at the CEDA between 6-9pm. If you want a late night, check out the Glamarchist Lookfair afterwards.
ART ET ANARCHIE / ART & ANARCHY
LES EXPOSITIONS / THE EXHIBITS
(Pour l’instant, nous n’avons que les descriptions originales. Les descriptions traduites seront publiées sur le site web bientôt.)
(The exhibits below include the original descriptions in English or French. Fully translated descriptions will be posted on our website shortly.)
“Anarchie dans la rue” est un appel tout au long du mois de mai pour l’art de rue anti-oppressif à Montréal. Le Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal mettra en vedette des photos, pochoirs, affiches, papiers collés, graffitis, slogans peinturés, autocollants, subversions de publicités commerciales, et plus! Info: www.salonanarchiste.ca/
Artivistic is an art collective, working on themes and questions “Beyond Critique”.
The Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. We work as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, shared with us through conversations with affected communities. Info: www.beehivecollective.org
Artist Judith Brisson presents two recent paintings from her War Series- a twelve year artistic/activist exploration of militarism, propaganda, imperialism, and racism that have characterized the US and Canadian war aggressions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Judith Brisson is an educator and an MFA student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a human rights defender and an independent multidisciplinary artist who creates, site-specific installations around ideas of peace and reconciliation. In recent years, Judith has attempted to bridge the gap between art-making and activism through a variety of means – from furtive practices, to socially-engaged visual works, to collaborations that engage with others, whether artists or the general public, to generate new ideas around creating peace.
Documenting 10 years of veterans organizing against U.S. military imperialism. Coordinated by Justseeds Artist Cooperative along with Booklyn Artists Alliance, Civilian-Solider Alliance, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Repetitive Press.
Les immigré(e)s espagnol(es) avec les miliciennes anarchistes
Colectivo de inmigrantes españoles en Montreal (CIEM)
Une affiche avec trois miliciennes et une phrase de Durruti en espagnol et en français. Ce sont des ouvrages faits à la main à Ste-Emilie Skillshare par el Colectivo de inmigrantes españoles en Montreal (CIEM).
Currently serving his 32nd year of a life sentence in Bath Penitentiary (Bath, Ontario), Peter Collins is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Prisoners on Prison (JPP) and Upping The Anti, a regular commentator for Canadian Prison Radio shows, and a renowned and prolific political artist. Expected to live only months since his cancer has progressed, his friends and family have requested that those who have been touched by his contributions over the years to share their thoughts. The Termite Collective is organizing a live art visioning and recording session as part of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair’s Art and Anarchy Exhibit. We invite attendees to come share their thoughts on Peter Collins’ artwork.
The Termite Collective is a group of creative and concerned people who want to expose the ever increasing repressive nature of prison through writing, workshops, political parody, and criminal cabaret.
Art & Anarchy will again present paper and poster reproductions of selected works of Palestinian artist Nidal El-Khairy.
Nidal is a Palestinian artist based in Amman, Jordan. He lived and organized in Montreal for four years before moving back to the Middle East in 2006. His art practice is based in disciplines and techniques such as drawing, stencil, illustration, comics and muralism. His work has been featured in art spaces and websites such as Electronic Intifada, in newspapers in Lebanon, as well as on a Noam Chomsky book cover. He has participated in group shows such as Artists Against the Israeli Occupation, in both Montreal and Tokyo, as well at Caracas, Toronto, Oakland, Beirut and Amman. Info: http://electronicintifada.net/
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 24 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. Info: www.justseeds.org/
A series of posters produced during the uprising in Ferguson, as a critique of the liberal media, and in solidarity with the riots.
Kevin Lo is a graphic designer, educator and community organizer. He runs the design studio LOKI, creating images that empower, engage, and oppose. Info: http://www.lokidesign.net/
Depuis plusieurs années, Tournesol a exposé son travail artistique au Salon du livre anarchiste et vous présente cette année ses meilleurs oeuvres, et quelques nouveautés, ses peintures-collages.
Les oeuvres de Tournesol Plante sont fortement inspirées des mouvements artistiques et politiquement contestataires tel l’expressionnisme allemand, DadA, les situationnistes et l’esthétisme punk.
#DecolonizeFeminism is a poster project initiated by R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment in 2014. The poster series highlights Indigenous women as prominent figures in the mainstream feminist movement, while appropriating images of Indigenous women that have created a romanticized, sexualized, and stereotyped perspective of the Indigenous body in post-colonial Native america. Lastly, it deconstructs the flag of the U.S. and re-contextualizes it in a mock Native design. The posters are inspired by “Indigenous Feminism Without Apology”, written by Indigenous Cherokee intellectual/warrior Andrea Smith. In the piece she challenges the mainstream white, liberal feminist movement and posits what the movement would look like if one were to re-center the movement around the struggles of women of colour. The term’s “No Wave”, “Decolonize”, and “Proto” become terms of resistance to the various waves of feminism that postdate hetero-patriarchal resistance enacted by Native matriarchal societies since 1492.
R.I.S.E. is a Native founded & operated artist/activist/warrior collective. We are dedicated to the education & perseverance of Native art & culture. R.I.S.E. is Demian DinéYazhi’, Kaila Farrell-Smith, & Thomas GreyEyes. Info: http://burymyart.tumblr.com/
Print the word! Bring a shirt, a patch, your denim vest, your agenda, cardboard, stickers, banners etc. and print some images for yourself and/or upcoming demos and actions. We will have a set of images ready for you to print yourself! This printing station is presented by Sidetracks, and will be operational between 12pm-3pm on May 23 & 24 (outdoors, or the 3rd floor of CEDA in case of rain).
Sidetracks is a collective whose mandate is to make screenprinting accessible to projects and organizations working for social change, especially those that work around self-representation, self-expression, anti-racism and queer liberation. Info: https://steemiliesidetracks.
Toxic Tour 2015
Chemical Valley (located outside of Sarnia, Ontario) has the highest concentration of petrochemical plants in the nation. The pollution from these plants disproportionately affects members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation community. Every year Aamjiwnaang & Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP) hosts Toxic Tours to raise awareness of the chemical valley and the impacts of resource extraction on their community. Aamjiwnaang is surrouned by 40% of Canada’s petrochemical industry, with refineries such as Suncor, Shell, DOW Chemicals, and Lanxess as neighbours. This piece was originally live painted by Swarm for Nuit Blanche in collaboration and consultation with Aamjiwnaang & Sarnia Against Pipelines. The goal of the piece is to promote the issue and the Toxic Tour coming up in September 2015.
Swarm is a street artist who started in Toronto and is now currently based in Montréal. Info: www.facebook.com/
Enclosure, Contact, Carbon Bubble, Plan Nord
acrylic, chalk pastel, and china marker on paper
I repeat the image of a four-sided wall imposed on the landscape, enclosing a tree or sometimes a smokestack, as a reflection on capitalist concepts of land ownership and how it facilitates colonialism and the expansion of the global industrial system.
About David Whiteside; I am a recovering fine artist. Painting and making prints for non-commercial, non-professional reasons has become one of my acts of resistance in a dehumanized, productivity-oriented society. Info: http://davidwhitesideart.com/
Né pendant le Printemps2015, “Ta blessure de flic” se veut un projet d’art collectif permettant aux personnes qui ont été blessées par les forces policières de se réapproprier leurs corps en rendant visible les résultats de ce qu’elles ont vécu. La consigne est simple : suite à un événement malheureux, nous encourageons ceux et celles qui le désirent à nous envoyer une photographie des traces de la violence qu’illes ont subi.es avec une courte description du contexte. Un titre est ajouté à la photographie et elle est publiée sur un tumblr et Facebook. Lorsque c’était désiré, les participant.es ont aussi reçu un soutien moral ainsi que le nom de différentes ressources qui pourraient leur venir en aide. À ce jour, une soixantaine de personnes ont participé au projet. Info : http://tablessuredeflic.
This banner was made as a solidarity gesture and empowerment act for the striking students at Université du Québec à Montréal facing heavy repression in the Spring of 2015.
Zola does street art on unceded Kanienkéhá:ka and Anishinabe territories. Her work focuses around the iconic character of the masked protester as a romantic allegory for anti-oppressive politics. Info: zolamtl.tumblr.com