CHEAP brings a new public art intervention on posters to the street: until the end of September, 50 posters unpublished mark the 250 square meters of the wall at the bus station in Bologna and Viale Masini.
SHUT UP, let’s talk: fromThe rewriting of a majority key of this quote by Carla Lonzi starts the new public art project of CHEAP: the Bologna-based collective returns to the streets with an installation of posters conveying the pressing vision and vision of intersectional feminism.
On the 250 square meters and 50 bulletin boards on the wall at Viale Masini bus station, one of the busiest and most traveled parts of the city, are posters paste on unpublished by a select number of visual artists, with biographies and disparate paths, but recomposed within a public discourse proposing feminism as a solution. Photography, illustration, vector graphics, street poster and cartoon they exist side by side in the collective intervention curated by CHEAP, producing a re-acquisition not only of urban space but also of public imagination, as it has been a consolidated practice over the years. Under CHEAP’s art direction, the posters were made by Bruna Alcantara, Camila Rosa, Cartel de Caracas, Coco Guzmán, Diana Ejaita, Giulia Mazza, Mafreshou, Marta Iorio, Muna Mussie And Yele.
Figurative posters alternate with posters with textual content thanks to the contributions of several generations of feminists, philosophers, gender researchers, porn activists, architects, writers, curators, scientists, economists and researchers, who have drawn from the baggage of their essential readings a quote from a feminist author to be re-presented in the context of public space. Thus, in the public space, the words resound Angela Davis, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, Roberta Marrero, Maria Galindo, Ana Esther Ceceña, Nawal El Saadawi, Leslie Kern, Françoise Vergès and much more.
“Intersectionality is a paradigm in constant development”, They explain from CHEAP. “From our side, there is the curatorial need to structure processes that are truly intersectional, experimenting with new tools for participation, speech, reallocation of space as well as public discourse. Along with this urgent need, we feel a need to find formal solutions to express the polyphony that every feminist conversation brings with it: in this sense, we believe that in the creation of a wall of different artists working with different media, is the idea of a plural feminism“.
In the past, CHEAP’s feminist public art projects have focused on combating sexism and the culture of rape, as well as gender-based violence; the revelation of the colonial hermeneutic framework, through which racist and xenophobic assumptions are culturally perpetuated against migrant women and Afro-descendants, as well as any racist body; the condemnation of the new forms of precariousness and poverty to which women are systematically exposed, at a professional level and within the framework of traditional families; the recognition of feminist practices as an engine of political, social and cultural progress in our society. He did it by walking the streets with Guerrilla girls, the Canadian artist Miss me, the polyphonic project Lone match is FICA. CHEAP has addressed these issues in the public space with contemporary visual language tools: with photography, graphic design, letters, illustration and visual art, it has positively constructed an imaginary of protests and claims and implemented a re-appropriation not only within the urban public space, but also within the local and national public discourse.
“When we measure ourselves with the question of gender-based violence and its impact on racialized bodies as well as on the LGBTQI + society, it is clear to us what the political, cultural and educational perspective is that crosses a real answer: it is feminism, this is our solution.“States CHEAP. “In the stratification of the posters, in the routine of this street practice, there is all the urgent feminism that is lived as a daily act: something that is here and is here today, something that can be touched, certainly something that can be glued on. .
The relaunch of this positive imagery is precisely the mission of SHUT UP, let’s talk: Through the creation and posting on the street of 50 unpublished original posters, CHEAP produces a public art intervention focusing on feminist empowerment, to demand full citizenship, self-determination of bodies and futures, right to the city and a feminist design and political idea of urban space .
SHUT UP, let’s talk it is supported by the Emilia Romagna region as part of a call for proposals aimed at implementing a range of measures to disseminate and raise awareness of gender-based violence. In this regard, the key to understanding CHEAP is linear: the solution to these phenomena is transfeminist practices, in their intersectional version, capable of reading the dynamics that link violence and exclusion on the basis of gender, race, class.
In addition to the public art intervention, the project includes a number of workshops in schools on the feminist practice of urban re-appropriation and a number of podcasts in collaboration with NEU Radio. From April to September, CHEAP also planned a public program of very popular lectures: the proposal for meetings started from the history of feminist spaces born in contrast to gender violence and homolesbotransphobia, continued with the systemic links between sexism and racism, provided space for a discussion of an idea about citizenship as equal rights starting from the political laboratories that are potentially our cities, it tested architects and philosophers in imagining a feminist city, a more just city.
The appointments of TACI, let’s really talk they alternated with the presentations of the new CHEAP book that will spend the summer and early fall touring Italy. “The fleeting nature of our work has forced us to document the projects carried out in recent years and to curate a publication that recomposes, based on a huge photographic archive, the entry of our public art into the urban landscape: we are used to to the idea that our projects get on the streets and get the hours counted, this catalog allows us not to lose the thread in the conversation we have had for years with those who live and cross the city.“.