12″x18″, digital print
Image by Gilda Posada in collaboration with the California Environmental Justice Alliance.
Artist statement: “I see art as a way to bring things to life. If people see themselves in the image, they can become more aware, or question things more, as the beginning of taking action. It’s made me much more aware of both how much the presence of people of color are important to the [environmental] movement, but also how much more we need to be present and visible.”
Gilda Posada’s interests and research are based on the methodologies, framework and practice of Chicana/o Art. She seeks to understand the Chicana/o Art production through an art historical lens and the curating effects of how the culture’s understanding and formulation were shaped.
The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) unites the powerful voices of approximately 15,000 Latino, Asian Pacific American, and African American residents to promote movement-building and strategic policy advocacy at a statewide level. They advocate for the healthy economy, climate, and ‘hood that all of California deserves.
CultureStrike, in collaboration with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, has forged partnerships between artists and frontline environmental justice organizations to create a provocative, limited-edition art print portfolio, called We are the Storm, that highlights the urgency of climate change on these communities.
The portfolio draws inspiration from the powerful work of grassroots groups that are championing creative and community-based solutions to combat climate change. The artworks bring voices from frontline communities that are being the most impacted by climate change and destructive environmental practices, to the forefront of the climate change discussion.
Portfolio contains 23 12″x18″ digital and screenprints from the following artists:
Agana/Southwest Worker’s Union (SWU)
Micah Bazant/Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
Kevin Caplicki/Marcellus Shale Earth First!
Thea Gahr/Everglades Earth First! (EEF!)
Thomas Greyeyes/The San Carlos Apache
Nicolas Lampert/The Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MICATS)
Fernando Marti/No More Deaths
Colin Matthes/Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
Mazatl/Reclaim Turtle Island (RTI)
Nicolas Medina/People Organizing to Demand Environmental Justice
Roger Peet/Portland and Wild Idaho Rising Tide
Gilda Posada/California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA)
Jesse Purcell/The Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkyu/Big Frog Clan)
Pete Railand/Occupy Sandy
Favianna Rodriguez/Movement Generation (MG)
Julio Salgado/Texas Environmental Justice Advisory Services (TEJAS)
Meredith Stern/Bridge the Gulf
Rommy Torrico/Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC)
Mary Tremonte, -Tar Sands Blockade
Erin Yoshi/Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Bec Young/Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival (RAMPS)