Postcards from the Revolutionary Pleshka is a collaboration between Yevgeniy Fiks and Moscow’s contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) activists of Rainbow Association. In April 2013, Fiks invited contemporary LGBT activists from Moscow to write “messages into the past” on the back of old postcards and to tell a real or imaginary Soviet-era gay person about the conditions and activism of present-day Moscow’s LGBT community.
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The Howling Mob Society (HMS) was a collaboration of artists, activists, and historians committed to unearthing stories neglected by mainstream history. HMS brought increased visibility to the radical history of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through a grassroots artistic practice focused on the production of historical markers. We chose to focus on the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, a national uprising that saw some of its most dramatic moments in Pittsburgh.
Using football field marking equipment, I marked the grid of demolished streets and houses of the Manshia neighborhood. The markings drawn by the sea, on the border between Tel Aviv and Jaffa, brings the historic streets and houses to the surface. The white lines delineate the quarter that lies under the lawns. The markings are reminiscent of police markings at a murder scene, in this case the murder of the houses, the architectural murder, the cultural murder of Jaffa.
Lily Yeh, who was born in China 1941 and has lived in the USA since 1960, started The Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia in 1986, a not-for-profit initiative to revitalize neighbourhoods through art, and since then she has worked as an artist. In 2004, she founded the Barefoot Artists and also the two-part Rwanda Healing Project: of the transformation of the Rigerero Survivors Village, erected 1997/1998 for survivors of the genocide and combining three neighbouring villages, and the construction of a memorial. 100 families with 190 children lived in the village. Six teachers were trained to paint houses with the kids.
Floating Lab Collective designs participatory research projects that explore the frontiers of individual agency and collective empowerment. Experimenting with the aesthetics of direct action, FLC crafts open-ended public projects that engage specific localities and identities, using visual arts, performance, new media, and publications to question the assumptions of global economy, political power, and social mobility and inclusion. FLC’s artists develop projects collaboratively with community members.
ATSA is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by the artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. The couple creates transdisciplinary works and events for the public realm that take the form of interventions, installations, performance art, and realistic stagings. Their actions are born of a desire to raise public awareness of various social, environmental, and heritage issues that are crucial and need to be addressed. To sway both the public and the media – in short, to motivate as many citizens as possible to take an active role in improving society – ATSA marshals artistic quality, a playful, imaginative outlook, impactful media exposure, and key messages backed by sound and thorough research.