Documents of Resistance

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Documents of Resistance is an art/research/educational project that presents an intersectional view of art history through the art and activism of people of color. In this history there is no separation between politics and culture. Here protests organizing and studio time are seen as different means to achieve the same goal. Only this way can we see the emergence of a truly American Avant-garde. Documents of Resistance aims to give form to this Avant-garde, by bringing together the collective struggle and individual transformation of artists and communities of color between 1960 to the present time.

Documents of Resistance currently has two main components 1) Letters of Protest and 2) Collective Timelines. Each of these components are designed to engage the public via various formats: exhibition, presentation, and workshop. Please email for more information on presenting the project at your institution or alternative space.

Project website: www.documentsofresistance.com

Documents of Resistance © Antonio Serna
IMAGE:Selections from "Documents of Resistance: Timelines Resource Library"

Extra-Institutional / Free School Workshops

These workshops provided an educational moment when institution or the state refuses or disregards the importance of educating their audiences. Images below are from "Subtleties of Resistance" at Free University NYC held during Kara Walkers' A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby by Creative Time. The workshops focused on liberation struggles of peoples of color, including the Puerto Rican workers struggle that took place on this old Domino Sugar Factory, now a prime site of gentrification in Brooklyn.

Documents of Resistance at Free University NYC © Antonio Serna
“Subtleties of Resistance” Free University NYC workshops. July 5, 2014
Documents of Resistance at Free University NYC © Antonio Serna

Collective Timelines

Collective Timelines & Timeline Workshops were developed in order to facilitate a visual exploration of the context around this period (1960–present). Each Timeline covers a decade of resistance by artists and people of color. Workshop participants are encouraged to collaboratively research, share knowledge and personal stories related to this history, as well as collectively consider the importance of archives, memory, and historical.

Documents of Resistance © Antonio Serna
Documents of Resistance: Timelines Detail No.2, mounted digital print, 2016
Documents of Resistance Collective Timelines © Antonio Serna
Artists and Workers of Color Collective Timelines, II: The Cultural Wars (1980s/1990s) workshop with guest artist Todd Ayoung at Interference Archives, May 30–June 25, 2015
Documents of Resistance Collective Timelines © Antonio Serna
Artists and Workers of Color Collective Timelines, I: From Civil Rights to Artist Rights (1960s/70s) workshop at Triangle Association, January 24, 2015