Obviously when asked if I wanted to come and help out with the Friday late at the Victoria and Albert Museum I was well up for it! The night was titled ‘Making Trouble and Influencing people’ I would be helping with some political art workshops with The Treatment Rooms Collective along side Carrie Reichardt and the Tiki Love Truck which was exhibited in the Disobedient Objects show.
The Workshops for the evening were: Letter writing to Kenny Zulu Whitmore who is currently in solitary confinement –
Michelle Rutherford, Whitmore’s attorney in his federal suit, said in a prepared response, “Warden Cain’s statement confirms the allegations Mr. Whitmore makes in his civil rights suit: he has been held in a 9 by 6 foot cell for over 35 years because of his political beliefs, not because of any demonstrated violent or disruptive behavior.”
‘Solitary Confinement is torture. There is no-one else besides Albert Woodfox held in solitary confinement in Louisiana longer than Kenny Zulu Whitmore. The background for being kept on solitary confinement for so long is due to his political beliefs and his friendship with the “Angola 3,” being a member of the Angola Chapter of the Black Panther Party.’
So so mental that this still is happening right now. I wrote to Zulu a couple of times and plan to write again soon maybe after this blog actually….. the guys a genius and a revolutionary who should be a free man not cooped up in some cell till he dies.
Bringing it up to date a bit as this was an event last year, The Treatment Rooms Collective are now launching another mosaic car well actually its and old skool London taxi! to raise more awareness of this horrible injustice.
Check out the kickstarter:
Back to the V + A event spill 🙂
Other workshops on The Friday Late included Lady Muck of The Treatment Rooms who done a recycled workshop making framed quotes.
Political poster making:
On the same floor as us was the Reel News – Reel News is an activist video collective, set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles – not just in this country, but across the world. We are doing this through producing a bi-monthly newsreel, made up of a number of videos short enough to use in union and campaign meetings. – See more at: http://reelnews.co.uk/about/#sthash.e00qTmES.dpuf
The workers of the Victoria + Albert Museum held a protest the same night as the event due to their cut in salary. This added another level of activism to the already explosive evening see here for details: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/pcs_comment/pcs_comment_archive.cfm/museum-workers-in-disobedient-protest
The whole evening was just something else and the exhibition was just mind blowing. Entering the V + A to a sounds system and people raving is something I wont be forgetting for a while. I didn’t manage to get any footage of it but it was pretty epic seeing a load of punks and ravers busting it out in the entrance.
The Disobedient Object show has been on tour and is set to be showing at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum October 30 2015 through February 14, 2016.
This is a pretty quality article here: http://www.mosaicartnow.com/tag/disobedient-objects/
‘The intervention on the steps and façade of the Museum was made in response to the exhibition Disobedient Objects. It reflects the idea of a people’s history of art and design from below, and it invites us to consider activist social movements as a significant part of our culture.’
Go see the steps for yourselves over at The Victoria + Albert Museum!!!