OU ARE A(NTI)RACIST showcases the labor, processes, and love behind the multidimensional projects of Design As Protest Collective(DAP).
Challenge Power. Dismantle Systems. Design a Just World.
DAP Collective was established in the wake of massive losses of life in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd. Following the National Call on June 3, 2020, DAP began to grow through weekly BIPOC organizer calls on Zoom, fractalizing into myriad collaborations fueled by long-running injustices in the built environment. YOU ARE A(NTI)RACIST celebrates DAP’s projects and materializes the labor and love behind the work. Projects in the show reframe and reclaim design as a tool for protest and collective liberation rather than violence and oppression. In manifesting DAP’s complex virtual relationships and organizing in physical forms, the show reveals the transformative capacity of collaborative design processes that center justice, joy, and community care. Through an ethos of “bias toward action,” YOU ARE A(NTI)RACIST is a call to action for all designers to interrogate their role in anti-racist design.
Design As Protest (DAP) is a collective of designers mobilizing strategies to dismantle the privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as tools of oppression. Co-organized by BIPOC designers, we exist to hold our profession accountable in reversing the violence and injustice that architecture, design, and urban planning practices have inflicted upon Black people and communities. Design As Protest champions the radical vision of racial, social, and cultural reparation through the process and outcomes of design.
DAP collective members include: Noor ul Ain, Bangseh Akuchu, Aiysha Alsane, Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, Marwa Al-Saqqar, Sophia Austrins, Kami Beckford, Jelisa Blumberg, Josh Budiongan, Carmen Chee, Elizabeth Chen, Sophie Weston Chien, Kiki Cooper, Ann Dang, Deena Darby, Siboney Díaz-Sánchez, Simone Delaney, Ebony Dumas, Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz, Steph Garcia, Alexa Gonzalez, Mel Gross, Sarah Gunawan, Karim “Kimo” Hassanein, Navjot Heer Catherine D. Hernández, Taylor Holloway, A.L. Hu, christin hu, Kimberly Jackson, Seema Kairam, Chaz Kern, Fauzia Khanani, Angela King, Gloria Lau, Bryan C Lee Jr., Michelle Lin-Luse, Jackie Santa Lucia, Amanda M., Jan Martin, V. Mitch McEwen, Alexandra Mei, My-Anh Nguyen, Byron Nicholas, De Nichols, Ava Omidvar, Dave Pabellon, Farmer Ama Peyman, Adriana Barcenas Rojas, Alexander Patricio Salazar, Melisa Betts Sanders, Veena Shah, Preeti Sodhi, Ray Stubblefield, Emily Waldinger, Sharonda Whatley, Amanda Williams, Bz Zhang, and Jati Zunaibi
Accompanying YOU ARE A(NTI)RACIST is an exhibition of Columbia College Chiago students entitled DAP Demands Interpreted. This show is comprised of work created by Graphic Design IV students as a response to DAP’s Design Justice Demands.
DAP Demands Interpreted participants include: Sam Bochnia, Gabriela Brockman, Richard Guzman, Yonghyun Kim, Teddi Mullins, Joy Padua, Jess Pistone, Rosie Ruiz, Daniela Schwab, Ayesha Shaikh, Hannah Tonn, Ally Vonderheide, and Mariusz Walus
YOU ARE A(NTI)RACIST is organized by the DAP Collective
This project is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency with the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At Columbia College Chicago. This project was made possible with curatorial assistance by Dave Pabellon
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