It’s May day, the day when workers and activists across the globe are making their voices heard to help usher radical change into our world. It’s also the first day of this Anarchy blog, a 10-year + multimedia project that I started on a whim, which has since grown into a book, a documentary, roving exhibition and this blog (a site will come later).
Why did Anarchy for Change start? Like many of us, I came into my 20’s with a perspective of what the world should be. Disappointed that my dream was so far off from what was really happening out there, as a journalist my first inclination was to start asking my friends what they thought, what issues they couldn’t come to terms with and what, if we could, do to fix it.
Back then the project was called Fucked, of course, inspired by negative perception of the world at large and the lack of “freedom” therein. So at first I started talking with my visual artist friends, the ones who seemed to be at the forefront of influencing culture and pushing it forward, delving into their views. Then I went to my musician friends and the writers because they always seemed to think outside the box. Then I found other artists that simply inspired me, but I didn’t know and asked them if they wanted to participate (and they did to my amazement). But what happened as I continued on in those early weeks is I came to realize that not only was on an incredible journey into the force of activism and creativity, but there this unspoken stirring, the rumbling beneath the surface that we all felt, even if it often went unspoken, was always there. It was, is, and always will be the energy that impels artists—all creators, really— like you and me to create, evolve and act as mediums of progress. Essentially, I understood for the first time (even with all my reading of Chomsky, Kierkegaard and others) that art and activism are indelibly linked, and forever will be.
So then…what could I do about it knowing all I knew now? Keep going. Share it with you. Create opportunities for people to use art to address societal issues. And… never let a voice go unheard in my presence again.
And I hope Anarchy for Change: In Search of a New World Order (Ah! A positive perspective born from my own pain!) encourages you to do the same (and to create and submit) as I share photos, paintings, quotes, interviews, stories, poems and song lyrics taken from my entire experience, which continues….
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