Gathering Resistance: Black Lives Matter - The Artists' Call

Mar 9 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Our second program for the exhibition Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Gathering Resistance: Black Lives Matter - The Artists’ Call is a series of micro-presentations and conversation concerning what artists and designer can create to combat anti-Black police violence police.

In collaboration with Justseeds Member Jess X. Chen from Artists’ Against Police Violence, advocacy group, Don’t Shoot Portland, Black Creative Collective: Brown Hall, and Arresting Power Filmmakers, Julie Perini and Erin Yanke.

Please come join us in this dialog.

“When the language that white supremacy and anti-Blackness have given us fails, we must rise with our broken tools and forge a new visual language toward accountability and justice. Join us in the collective cry that Black Lives Matter.

Arresting Power, made by Julie Perini, Jodi Darby, and Erin Yanke provides a historical and political analysis of the role of police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland, its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class.

Black Creative Collective: Brown Hall, “are Black Artists in the Portland, OR area who are working to promote, build, sustain, and support a strong community based in creativity, love, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and getting shit done.”

Don’t Shoot Portland is a coalition of organizers who are working to engage citizens via Non Violent Direct Action. DSP promotes civic duty to help change and establish laws to criminalize the harassment, assault and murders by law enforcement of citizens. Additional advocacy includes fighting for education and housing for youth. Economic development through partnership outreach and legal support, cop watch training and Know Your Rights workshops.

Jess X. Chen a Chinese American multi-disciplinary poet, artist/activist, filmmaker, and arts educator. She is the author of chapbook, From the Earthworm To The Night. Her work intimately exposes narratives of ecological and colonial trauma, Asian-American diaspora, often from the perspective of the Earth itself. She is a member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.

Image: Nicolas Lampert Learn About Black Panther Party History three-color silkscreen 19”x25”