Mon 23rd Jan
For today, we had a workshop on a methodology of drawing a topic. There was a series of topics that we all had to pose an idea for that we felt passionate about. The topics were things like: race equality, feminism, climate change, sustainability, education,… After placing an idea under these topics, we then had to choose a subject that we felt passionate about and get into groups under that subject. I chose race equality and there was a group of 5 of us for this subject.
The idea for getting into groups was to then create a manifesto for that topic. We were given a template to follow to write the manifesto. Here it is: (image and written below)
The Race Equality Manifesto
At the dawn of the 21st Century, the time has come for a reappraisal of stereotypes regarding race. We the undersigned have had enough of inaccurate and offensive labels attached to different ethnicities, nationalities and cultures. For too long, people have been undermined, dehumanised and ostracised on perceptions of their race. We are disgusted by the naivety and ignorance of groups and individuals around the world. Down with racism! Up with equality! We declare that there should be a greater understanding of human diversity spread through education. We renounce archaic perceptions imposed by older generations. We celebrate our unique differences and human solidarity.
We discussed a lot of ideas when writing the manifesto about what racism was and who it effected. It not just about racism between black and white people it’s also about different cultures and communities within countries or around the world. Whether it be religion or an area within a country (like the north/south divide within Britain), there are many groups of people that could experience discrimination in some form which is what we wanted to get across in the manifesto.
Once writing our manifesto, we then had to bring our manifesto to life. The way we had to do this was a methodology of cutting out shapes onto card. Rather than use written paragraphs, we had to present our manifesto in a way it could be understood through imagery.
We found race equality quite hard to try and show as an image so we spent a few moments going over our manifesto and thinking of ways to present it. One of the main ways we thought of was present it through hand gestures, like the fist pump in the air or joining of hands. Other ways were, cutting out people joining hands to show the joining of people against racism and another way was cutting out a world map to show the integration of countries.
Below are the hands that I cut out. How I cut them ended up making them look as if the arms were braced together as if they were being attacked. Initially, we wanted to create something quite positive and not be so angry within the work, but after discussing more ideas and talking to the tutor, we decided it might be a good idea to represent race equality in a negative way to show our manifesto through the dark truths of racism. We then went about cutting shapes of people to show someone being isolating by groups of people and I cut out the word “stereotype” which would help really get the message across.
We chose to use red and white card because red is a bold colour and is often used to communicate a strong message. The white sat well on the red and overall I felt it was clear to read. I think that if we have had longer, we would have executed it a lot better and probably created a piece a lot fuller and more organised. We took a while at the beginning to think some ideas but once we got going, we all created some good shapes. Just at the end, we rushed to try and organise it onto one piece (we had all cut on separate pieces of paper) so it was a bit messy and unorganised. Overall, I think we have communicated race equality well within the imagery we used.