Breaking Down to Build Up?
Over the last year I have been breaking, burning and crushing stuff to make new structures from the remnants. After a while, I called it art. Necessary in what I was doing was the act of aggressively destroying the original form so I could change it into something else. It got me thinking if this approach to change could be applied elsewhere. I got interested in whether violence and destruction is necessary for social change. There have certainly been people in the past that thought so. Groups like the Black Panthers come to mind. Even James Baldwin, who was against violence, thought that ‘all things are settled with sweat, with pain’. But after going to protests, demonstrations and events in the last year, it seems people are ‘fighting’ for social change through joy, subtlety and a sense of togetherness. Instead of trying to forcefully break or dismantle what they are against, people are building on and celebrating what they are in favor of. Here here are some photos from moments that made me think about what it means to facilitate change today.