ARISE: The Power of Political Art

ARISE Art Opening May 2018 from Art Forces on Vimeo.

Directed and produced by Susan Greene and Art Forces
Cinematography – David Garcia
Editing – David Garcia

Music – George Lammam

On May 1 – 30, 2018 Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP), Art Forces, and AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center) presented ARISE! Power of Political Art, featuring political artworks from artists, collectives, and movements locally and globally over the past 50+ years, addressing the social/political crises of our times. The exhibit makes links between local, national and international struggles and 70 years of the occupation of Palestine.

In a city that is rapidly changing to cater to the one-percent at every level, Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) is one of the last remaining truly punk venues in San Francisco. The exhibition was part of CAMP’s work to be a force for those who are marginalized and a place where culture and dignity speak louder than the rules of private property or a lifestyle that puts profit before compassion, respect, and social /economic / racial/environmental justice.

Art Forces uses community public art and technology art to inspire critical thinking and action–including murals, websites, social and new media. From the streets of San Francisco Bay Area to Olympia Washington, to refugee camps of Palestine and Lebanon, the projects make visible histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten, making connections to national and global issues of social justice, borders, precarity, migrations and decolonization.

AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center) envisions powerful and liberated Arab communities living with dignity from here to our homelands. We see the  liberation of Arab people inextricably tied to the liberation of all people of color. AROC  is a grassroots membership-based organization that organizes our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns that challenge  militarism, repression and racism.

A selection of the Artists/Collectives/Movements featured in the exhibition included:
• Al Nakba – Commemorating 69 years of Resistance – Photo exhibit by NorCal Friends of Sabeel. On loan from the Palestine Action Network (PAN)
–Al Nakba: 1948 expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinian, in formation of state of Israel.
• Emory Douglas
• Posters from struggle to save I-Hotel, courtesy of Manilatown Heritage Foundation
• Representations of mural works from Clarion Alley Mural Project
• Representations of community mural works in Palestine and Lebanese refugee camps by Art Forces and others
• The San Francisco Poster Syndicate
• South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN)
• Together We Can Defeat Capitalism (TWCDC)
• Zapatistas
• Nicholas Ganz (Germany)
• Chip Thomas
• Shaghayegh Cyrous
• Keyvan Shovir
• Nancy Hom
• David Petrelli
• Ucup / Taring Padi (Indonesia)
• Political Posters from the American/Vietnamese War
• Subandi Giyanto (Indonesia)
• England Hidalgo
• Susan Greene
• Megan Wilson