GALLERY OF THE STREETS aims to “engage everyday spaces as sites of resistance.” An evolving network of artists, activists, organizers, scholars, cultural workers, and community supporters committed to exploring radical possibilities within Black geographies. Existing at the intersections of art, education, direct action organizing and movement-building, we fuse public art and community engagement. Our approach includes convenings, political education, and experiential engagement in solidarity with the issues and demands of our Movement(s).
Using Black Feminist Theory as a point of departure, we work from a principle of “revolutionary nomadism” to create temporary site-specific installations and performances that are rooted in community collaboration and democratic processes. Communities who are directly impacted by policies and practices of structural oppression work together to conceptualize and produce visual opera–ambitious works that interweave visual art, found objects, sound, music, movement, ritual and narrative to confront systemic power, provoke democratic dialogue, and cultivate sustainable spaces.
As artists committed to social change, Gallery of the Streets is attempting a “praxis of imagination” to engage the tricky terrain of how art can be a means of enacting social change. We are currently experimenting with models that are rooted in queer Black feminist thought, prison industrial complex abolition, and international solidarity and movement-building. The theories we draw from are in opposition to white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, heteropatriarchy. We are navigating the in-between space of an “art industrial complex” and survival. In this sense, our work aims to encourage intersectional organizing and movement-building.
We are currently looking for new collaborators and would love to have a further conversation with you/your organization about participating in this project! Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
artistic director, kai lumumba barrow
Since the late 1970s, Kai is an inspirational figure in abolitionist grassroots organizing in the United States: she is one of the founders of Critical Resistance, a prison industrial complex-abolitionist organization. She has played a leadership role in groups such as the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika; the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; the Black Panther Newspaper Committee; FIERCE! INCITE! UBUNTU; SONG, and Queers for Economic Justice (to name but a few). In 2010 kai formed Gallery Of The Streets. kai’s work fuses public art and organizing for social change to reconfigure the familiar and generate new ideas against the oppression of existing conditions.
tech & documentation, jazz franklin
Documenting for public TV, non-profits, social movement organizations, and herself, jazz sees the relationship between the filmmaker, the subject, and the viewer to be complex and fragile. She aspires to evaluate the power dynamics and contradictions within the production, storytelling (editing), and objective truth of documentary film/video. jazz is currently the lead documentarian with Gallery of the Streets, capturing the process and progress of the network’s cultural organizing praxis.