Textiles in Resistance – Workshop with micha cárdenas

 

A workshop on textiles-as-resistance in activist struggles against lethal weapons with artist and Assistant Professor micha cárdenas (US). With an introduction by curator Ida Schyum.

micha cárdenas talks about her work on textiles against violence. The workshop is  based on cárdenas’ work ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ made with co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors, Trans liberation artist Edxie Betts and Chris Head. Together, the group has developed a set of materials and processes for producing DIY bulletproof clothing at low to no cost, directed towards black trans women – one of the groups most targeted for homicide among LGBTQ people today in the US.

cárdenas explains how non-digital technologies such as recipes and instructions for making bulletproof clothing are algorithms too and discuss other strategies against weaponization such as those used the Tute Bianche movement in Italy, where activists covered their bodies with padding to resist police violence. Workshop participants will brainstorm how to make their own lives safer through reused materials and garments, as well as how to further develop the ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ work.