"HEAR OUR VOICE"
Visual Art Selections FEATURED IN the Women's March on Washington AND IN SEATTLE
FEBRUARY 2 – 25, 2017
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Inspiration Strikes at February 4 Panel Discussion!
At the Pioneer Square gallery on February 4, a crowd gathered as a discussion of art and activism took place. It took on the subject of what one would call "a creative revolution."
We want to give a tremendous thank you to panelists Jessica Sabogal, Kamari Bright, Blu the Baqi, Aramis Hamer, Shout Your Abortion Co-Founder Amelia Bonow and The Amplifier Foundation Program Director & curator of Hear Our Voice Cleo Barnett for sharing stories from their lives as women, artists and as activists. Through their inspirational words, we were all reminded of the true power of collaboration and how visual art can help start important conversations about our society that otherwise may not have been approached.
Amazing Turnout at the First Thursday Opening Reception
It was quite a turnout at the opening reception of Hear Our Voice! The night was filled with art lovers, artists and activists gathering as they took in the sight of our entire wall now covered with vibrant, powerful posters. One of the featured artists, Jessica Sabogal, not only had her Women Are Perfect piece displayed in the exhibition but also a giant piece that was literally freshly made (see in below photo)!
We also want to thank Eric Carnell from Fogland Studios and New Mystics for hosting one epic screen-printing session. As part of these artists' recent CoCA Lab residency RESISTANCE: Art as Advocacy, Eric Carnell and NKO reminded us that, using simple tools and techniques, it's possible to empower people through visual art.
Unity & Support Flowed During the January 20th Womxn's March Seattle Sign Prepping Party
D.C. wasn't the only march getting great images for January 21! In addition to showing the visual work in the Pioneer Square gallery in February, we disseminated 900 free posters for Seattle's Womxn's March. We want to give a HUGE thank you to those who dropped by the gallery on January 20 and helped add handles to the double-sided signs so they could be held proudly up above the crowd!
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
We are immensely proud to feature artists from across America in Hear Our Voice, an exhibition and partnership with The Amplifier Foundation that features visual messaging used to amplify the voices of women and supporters of the monumental grassroots movement and post-inauguration marches. Artworks from two Amplifier campaigns “that capture the shared humanity of our diverse America” will be the visual messaging for marches occurring in D.C. and Seattle. We will feature over 75 images and pieces of video of the activations at the Pioneer Square location this February. A panel discussion featuring local and national artists as well as organizations that utilize art as activism is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at noon at the gallery, 114 Third Ave South.
Over 40,000 posters and nine large-scale banners from two campaigns will be created by The Amplifier Foundation and carried by participants in the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. Additionally, our organization will disseminate 900 of these artworks to march participants in Seattle and produce a public street art campaign from the Amplifier projects.
One of the projects includes artwork by Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena titled We the People in response to issues of “hate, fear, and open racism” raised in the current political atmosphere. According to The Amplifier Foundation: “In the wake of this year’s presidential campaign, un-American things are becoming normalized. This moment calls for new images, to disrupt the rising tide of hate and fear. We the People need to come together under new symbols of hope ... our America is one of equal humanity, it does not demean or discriminate … we are resilient.” The text included in the We The People artwork states, “We must be indivisible, we must be greater than fear, we must defend dignity, and we must protect each other.”
This month, Amplifier also worked alongside Women’s March on Washington (WMW) coordinators for the call for art from women and femme expressive individuals inspired by WMW’s mission and values, “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Of the 5,000 submissions made from across the U.S., five were selected to be included in post-inauguration marches and over 75 more will be in CoCA’s February exhibition titled Hear Our Voice. Selections were juried by Carmen Perez and Paola Mendoza from the WMW, Cleo Barnett from The Amplifier Foundation, independent artist Swoon and Jess X. Snow and Favianna Rodriguez from Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. The selection process was committed to ensuring that the artwork reflected women and femme expressive people of all backgrounds and residing in the U.S. yet did not require artists to be U.S. citizens.
Thursday, February 2, 6-9pm: Opening Reception
Thursday, February 2, 7-8:30pm: Pop-Up Screen-Printing Demo With Fogland Studios & NKO
Saturday, February 4 at Noon: Panel Discussion: Art as Advocacy
Exhibition running February 2-25, 2017
CoCA is located at 114 Third Ave S., Seattle, WA 98116.