“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
This phrase, often referenced as a working definition of solidarity, has been attributed to Murri artist and activist Lilla Watson. She demurs to claiming ownership of something borne of collective labour. Watson’s preferred citation: Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s.
Comix for Community Solidarity is an infrastructure for artists, their institutions, and communities of struggle to work together; it is a proposal for solidarity, the work of building and extending relations of affinity, alliance, and collective action.
Between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, participating artists will work with groups that organize communities to build people power and combat the city’s escalating housing and overdose crises from below: Ali Bosley with the Vancouver Tenants Union (VTU), Jack Lloyd with the DTES SRO Collaborative, and Andrea Lukic with the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).
Together, they will produce a series of three comic publications that tell the stories of Vancouver communities working to survive and fight for liberation. The production and distribution of the publications will be collaboratively planned between 221A and the partnering groups as a means to build new solidarities and serve the struggle for a more common world.
Reading Indigeneity in Comics with Cole Pauls
This October, Comix for Community Solidarity invites artist Cole Pauls to host a two-part reading group and artist talk on Indigeneity in comics at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library.
October 2, 7–9pm: Reading ‘The Indian’ in Comics
October 16, 7–9pm: Reading Indigenous Self-representation in Comics
October 25, 6–8pm: Artist talk – Dakwäkãda Warriors and Indigenous Futurisms
Assigned texts will be available at the library to read during public hours.