feminism is the solution

TACI, let’s talk – photo by Margherita Caprilli – CHEAP MURO BACHECHE

CHEAP brings a new public art intervention on posters to the street. From 10 June to the end of September, 50 unpublished posters mark the 250 square meters of the wall at the Bologna bus station in Viale Masini

BOLOGNA – TACI, so let’s talk. The new public art project by CHEAP starts from the rewriting of a majority key of this quote by Carla Lonzi: the collective based in Bologna returns to the streets with an installation of posters conveying the urge and vision of intersectional feminism.

On the 250 square meters and 50 bulletin boards on the wall of the bus station Viale Masini, one of the busiest and most traveled parts of the city, unpublished posters and paste-ups by a selected number of visual artists have been made available with biographies and disparate roads, but composed in a public discourse that suggests feminism as a solution. Photography, illustration, vector graphics, street posters and comics coexist 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 practice that has been consolidated over the years . Under the artistic direction of CHEAP, the posters were created 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 recreated in the context of public space. Thus echo the words of Angela Davis, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, Roberta Marrero, Maria Galindo, Ana Esther Ceceña, Nawal El Saadawi, Leslie Kern, Françoise Vergès and many others in the public space.

“Intersectionality is a paradigm in constant development”, explain from CHEAP. “On our part, 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 feeling, we feel the need to find formal solutions to express the polyphony that every feminist conversation brings with it: In this sense, we believe that when different artists work with different media, we think that a wall is created by different artists working with different media. majority 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-style hermeneutic framework, through which racist and xenophobic assumptions are culturally perpetuated against migrant women and Afro-descendant women, 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 so by taking to the streets with the Guerilla Girls, the Canadian artist MissMe, the polyphonic project La lotta è 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.

“By measuring ourselves in relation to the issue 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 with a real answer: it is feminism, this is our solution “ CHEAP declares. “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 limes “.

It is precisely the relaunch of this imaginary in a positive way that is TACI’s mission, or rather let’s speak: 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, the right to the city and a feminist design and political idea of ​​urban space.

TACI, or rather, PARLIAMO is supported by the Emilia Romagna region in a call for proposals aimed at implementing a range of measures to spread and raise awareness against 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 series of workshops in schools on the feminist practice of urban re-appropriation and a series 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 debate on the idea of citizenship as equal rights, starting from the political laboratories that are potentially our cities, have tested architects and philosophers in imagining a feminist city, a more just city.

The appointments of TACI, yes let’s talk, alternated with the presentations of the new CHEAP book that will spend the summer and early fall touring around 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, our foray into public art in the urban landscape: we is accustomed to the idea that our projects take to the streets and get the hours spoken, 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. “

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Bruna Alcantara, Brazilian journalist and visual artist, creates powerful visual works that overflow with militancy and feminism in every intervention. Following a solo and two group exhibitions at the Porto Feminista Festival, the artist has also participated in solo and group exhibitions in Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Belo Horizonte, Lebanon and Egypt.

Nazanin Rastan alias Mafreshou (Tax Detention) is an Iranian illustrator and engraver living in Florence. In his illustrations he mixes different techniques: watercolor, engraving, digital drawing and virtual illustration. She is particularly interested in drawing women of different nationalities and cultures and in creating feminist art. Over the years, his work has been published in various magazines and he has worked for Vice Italia, Burberry and Gucci.

Camila Rosa is a Brazilian artist and illustrator based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She began her life as an artist in 2010 with a female street art collective and has since worked around the world with advertising, publishing, art exhibitions, fashion and graphics. His work addresses social issues and topics he is interested in from an alternative perspective.

Cartel de Caracas AKA Yaneth Rivas Z. is a Venezuelan artist who works and lives in Barcelona. His work transforms the streets into a gallery of murals, paste-ups and serigraphs to raise questions about the influence of the media and the roles of power and consumerism.

Coco Guzman is a * Spanish-Canadian queer artist investigating systemic political violence. Through an interdisciplinary approach based on critical theory, comics, queerization strategies, archival research, observation and conversation, Coco’s work evokes latent stories that invite questions about who we are and the society we live in. Coco’s works have been exhibited. , especially at the CentroCentro Madrid (Spain), the Quebec Biennale (Canada), the Havana Biennale (Cuba) and the Encuentros Festival (Mexico).

Diana Ejaita works as an illustrator and textile designer in Berlin. What sets her illustrations apart is a combination of dramatically contrasting black and white areas with soft patterns and textures that create images that betray the power of femininity.
Born in Cremona of Nigerian descent, her aesthetics deal with colonial / postcolonial issues, racial discrimination, gender and identity research. Over the years, he has worked with the New Yorker.
Giulia Mazza is a photographer and visual artist based in Bologna. His visual language explores the confused relationship between reality and the subconscious, paying particular attention to the perception and interpretation of identity. In addition to photography, he deals with graphics and videos.
Marta Iorio, illustrator born in Naples. After living in Mexico and Palermo, he is now based in Bologna. He has collaborated with the Mart Museum of Trento and Rovereto, Consejo Nacional de Cultura Y Arte Mexico, Santarcangelo dei theatri, Venice Biennale Didactic Section, Topipittori publishing house, B ** K Library, Precarious Editions, Comunicattive, Atelier VM.
Muna Mussie, born in Eritrea, began her artistic career as a performer with Teatrino Clandestino and later with Cesare Ronconi / Teatro Valdoca. His work, between gesture, vision and word, examines the language of the stage, the performing arts and the public art to give shape to the tension that arises between different expressive poles. His work has been presented at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Museo Marino Marini, Kaaitheater Bruxelles, MAMbo, Santarcangelo Festival, Viafarini, Pergine Festival, Biennale Atlas of Transitions, Vie Festival Modena, Manifesta 2020 Marseille, Manifattura Tabacchi Zone, Firenze K.
Yele, visual activist born in ’84. Feminist, anti-fascist and anti-clerical. Since 2010, he has turned his thoughts into images, ranging from illustration to graffiti, by using the media and the places where he intervenes as a means of communication. For a few years he has been collaborating with the graffiti artist Tres. By combining illustration and letters, they together create works that in a decontextualized way look at the great propaganda of the last century and filter it into today’s struggles.

CHEAP | street poster art

CHEAP street poster art is a public art project, a collective, a non-objective look. Born in Bologna in 2013 from the creative understanding and determination of 6 women, CHEAP has curated and created paper-based public art interventions: Paste up, that is, the use of paper and glue, is both the technique the project examines, than a statement of intent in form of dedication to the fleeting and research into the contemporary as temporary.

CHEAP started as a street poster art festival, an experience it repeated in five editions before changing format and choosing to become a permanent laboratory, thus transforming itself into a more fluid, situationist and cutting-edge experience. CHEAP has worked on the urban landscape of Bologna with international street artists such as 2501, Stikki Peaches, Hyuro, MissMe, MP5; organized the first action in Italy of the Guerrilla girls in public space; accompanied by Tania Bruguera’s referendum project; she curated the feminist public art project La lotta è FICA; has organized an annual poster for artists since 2013, bringing together international creatives from all visual disciplines in a poster competition where selected posters are put up on the streets of the city. CHEAP’s projects have left the walls of Bologna to reach Rome, Padua, Parma and Modena. In addition to billboards, CHEAP signs creative projects and installations, as well as being present at Italian art academies and universities with workshops and lectures.

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