Aminder Virdee, Laura Erviti, Hannah Brown, Emma Williams, Sorcha Jewell, Clemence Vazard, Maite Pastor Blanco, Anya Gorkova, Clemence Vazard

The project explores the theme of ‘Artivism’, which is an amalgamation of Art and Activism, an approach developed during the late 1990’s by Mexican artists of colour to push political agendas, through collective and creative activism. Artivism focuses on amplifying awareness and collective action about social justice issues through artistic and creative practices. It engages communities in dialogue about vital justice-based issues and cultivates partnerships that advocate the use of arts to aid and amplify under-represented, marginalised, invisible, and silenced voices, and artists, in our communities. Areas of activism can literally include anything from social identity and oppressions (I.e., racism, ableism, sexism/misogyny, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, sexualism, sexual orientation, and injustices around homelessness), and intersectionality justice (overlapping social identities), global and human rights, environmental and ecological justice, anti-police, criminal justice, feminism, disability justice, data justice, gender and LGBTQ+ justice, anti-war, economic justice, non-human and animal justice, and beyond. Artivism spans all art forms by any medium necessary, from traditional mediums such as installation or performance, to the non-traditional such as interventions, protest art and hacking. Autonomy and agency are common drives for the underrepresented artists in this group and concern the body, disability, sexuality and medical stigma. All artists in this group allude to the themes listed above in their practices, and specific mediums used include dance and costume, drawing and painting, photography, interactive projection, immersive spaces, sculpture, AI/Machine learning and code/data, performative intervention, documentation, and audiovisual works.

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