Thursday 2nd Feb 2017
– Saturday 25th Feb 2017
Opening Reception: February 2, 6 – 9pm. Pop up screen printing demo 7 – 8:30pm.
Panel discussion: Art as Activism, Saturday, February 4, 12pm.
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Put on by CoCA, The Amplifier Foundation
Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is 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 part of marches occurring in DC and Seattle and CoCA will feature over 75 images and video of the activations at their Seattle gallery from February 2 – 25, 2017. A panel discussion featuring local and national artists and organizations that utilize art as activism is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at Noon in CoCA’s space at 114 Third Ave South in Seattle.
Over 40,000 posters and nine large-scale banners from two campaigns will be created by Amplifier Foundation and carried by participants in the Women’s March on Washington in DC. Additionally, Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art 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 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.” 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 January, 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.” From 5,000 submissions from across the US, five were selected to be included in post-inauguration marches and over 75 more will be in CoCA’s February exhibition, 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 US, yet did not require artists to be US citizens.
CoCA’s opening reception from 6-9pm on February 2 will also feature a pop up screen-printing shop with Eric Carnell from Fogland Studios and New Mystics demoing screen printing. Continuing on these artists’ recent CoCA Lab residency RESISTANCE: Art as Advocacy, artists and printers Eric Carnell and NKO will demo guerrilla screen printing techniques featuring posters for local advocacy group, Shout Your Abortion, and posters from the Amplifier campaigns. Carnell and NKO will showcase how, using simple tools and techniques, it's possible to empower people through visual art. Free posters will be available to the public from Fogland Studios and Amplifier Foundation.