Image by Jesse Purcell in collaboration with The Unis’tot’en.
Jesse Purcell is an artist and designer based in Toronto. He is a member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and the founder of Repetitive Press, a screen printing and design studio with a focus on producing visual materials in support of movements for social and environmental justice.
The Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkyu/Big Frog Clan) are the original Wet’suwet’en Yintah Wewa, distinct to the lands of the Wet’suwet’en in so-called British Columbia, Canada. Unis’tot’en recent history includes taking direct action to protect their lands from Lion’s Gate Metals at their Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, building a resistance camp and cabin at Talbits Kwah at Gosnell Creek and Wedzin Kwah on the Morice River, and fighting seven proposed Tar Sands and LNG pipeline projects.
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)