Artists Addressing Oppression

This is a list and work in progress of artwork and artists directly addressing oppression with the potential to initiate dialogue around issues of race, class, sexism, feminist and queer issues. In no particular order….

Just Seeds

Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body.

Ai Weiwei –Amazing! Must watch the documentary Never Sorry! If ever you were unsure about the ability of art speaking truth to power and confronting the government, Rest Assured. Ai Weiwei will knock your socks off!

clifford owens

david hammons

Jimmie Durham He is a super conceptual and brilliant artist who was/is involved with the American Indian Movement.

Coco Fusco  In March 1992, performance artist and MacArthur Fellow, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and writer/artist Coco Fusco locked themselves in a cage. Presenting themselves as aboriginal inhabitants of an island off the gulf of Mexico that was overlooked by Columbus, their spectacle provided a thorn in the side of postcolonial angst.

The Knotted Line –  The Knotted Line is an interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States. With miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1495-2025, The Knotted Line asks: how is freedom measured? Just as importantly, The Knotted Line imagines a new world through the work of grassroots movements for self-determination

Evan Bissell– is the creator of the Knotted Line. This link will take you to an interview ’bout him and the project.

Adrian Piper

Guillermo Gomez Pena / La Pocha Nostra

Bernard Williams

Kara Walker

Jesusa Rodriguez look her up on youtube….

Hank Willis Thomas

Annie Danger

Biko Emory, Pittsburgh, PA

William Pope L.

Regina Jose Galindo

Kerry James Marshall

Betye Saar

Alison Saar

Damali Abrams

Zoe Charlton

Imin Yeh

Vanessa German, Pittsburgh, PA – Recently founded the LoveFrontPorch project.

Climbing Poetry – Social justice performance

Ariel Luckey

Monkey and the Devil” performance by the Zaccho Dance Troupe

Ayanah Moor, Pittsburgh, PA

Taraneh Hemami, San Francisco, CA
Iranian artist, racial profiling, war/terrorism

Mabel Negrete, San Francisco, CA /
Prisons: An Invisible Culture

The Counter Narrative Society

The Beehive Collective

Allyson Mitchell

Bread and Puppet

Puppet Uprising, Philadelphia, PA

Paper Hands, NC

Wise Fool, San Francisco, CA

Anna Martine Whitehead, Los Angeles, CA

Bayete Ross Smith, San Francisco, CA / NYC

Pablo Cristi

Paul Kuczynski


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