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Wild Fire Art as Activism

ISBN-10: 1894549554

ISBN-13: 9781894549554

Edition: 2006

Authors: Deborah Barndt

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This collection brings together activist academics who share a passion for art as well as politics, community and social change. Through their artistic work they challenge the notions of who is an artist and what is an activist, and explore the tensions between academic work and activism. Most importantly, their intention is to spark transformation and spread ideas of community building and social change. The contributors are graduates of the Masters in Environmental Studies program at York University in Toronto; from their research and academic experience they have created a wide variety of energetic and original artistic projects. Seventeen essays, each accompanied by black and white photographs, analyse the artistic processes as well as how the projects are brought into the wider community. The essays are grouped into four major themes: social empowerment and transformation, healing, activism and environmental awareness. The projects discussed include painting murals with youths at risk; producing theatre with new immigrants; creating art with immigrant women and children; storytelling and literacy; publishing immigrant women's stories and experiences; street performance as political resistance; and environmental installations. From storytelling, zine making, puppetry, phototherapy, culture jamming, adbusting, and the painting of murals to publishing and guerrilla theatre, each essay demonstrates that an academic artistic vision crosses many boundaries to inspire not only our imaginations but also social and environmental movements.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Canadian Scholars
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 229
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Deborah Barndt is Associate Dean of Environmental Studies at York University. She is a popular educator and photographer and for over 25 years has worked with social justice movements in Canada, the U.S., and Central America. Her photographs have been published and exhibited widely

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Playing with Wild Fire: Art as Activism
Art in Social Movements
Seriously ... Are You Really an Artist? Humour and Integrity in a Community Mural Project
Releasing Voices, Reclaiming Power: The Personal and Collective Potential of Voice
Whose Nicaragua? Popular Communications across Eras, Regions and Generations
Ediciones Cordillera: An Exile Community's Role in Cultural Production
The Strawberry Tasted So Good: The Trickster Practices of Activist Art
Art as Activism
Demechanizing Our Politics: Street Performance and Making Change
Reconstructing Our Culture of Ilm (Knowledge): Muslim Women Represent Themselves
Jamming with Women's Rights Activists in East Asia: A Process of Critical Reflection
Mixing Metaphors: Risk in Art and Activism
Eco Art
Garden the City: Activism through Interventionist Art
Salmon Tales: Eco-Art Activism
Confessions of a Community Artist: A Letter to My Fellow Earthworkers
Tellingsmiths: The Work of Planting Trees and the Politics of Memory
Art Heals
Arts in Detention: Creating Connections with Immigrant Women Detainees
Language as Landscape: Navigating Post-Conflict Reconstruction with Bosnian Youth
Acts of Embodiment: Explorations in Collaborative Phototherapy
You Are My Sunshine: Refugee Participation in Performance
Contributors
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