Alison Zapata (#notwhite collective) – Manifesto Project II
Our dreams moving towards reality. Our reality moving towards our dreams. I dream of a world where the children I teach are born with access to opportunities and high quality education across the board regardless of where they are from, where they live, or the color of their skin. I dream of a world where all people have access to amazing health care and do not need to suffer because they cannot afford to stay healthy. I dream of a world there is balanced distribution of wealth so those who labor endlessly do not need to do so in vain to make ends meet as the goal posts keep moving further and further out of reach. I dream of a humane system that lifts people up so they can dream and their children can dream and dreams stop becoming dreams and move into reality.
In 2018, the #notwhite collective was an awardee of the Keyword: International Research Grant, a project of the Carnegie International and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST). As part of this project, the collective developed its first Manifesto, which was presented as a performance during the symposium held in October 2018 at the KST, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 2019 our year-long residency with the Sidewall Project will expand on the ideas generated as a result of our discussions, research, and sharing during the Manifesto Project. The series of the twelve images will use the collective’s portraits and excerpts from each of their respective manifestos to further our creative vision of inclusion and representation of all of us in-betweeners.
The #notwhite collective is a group of 13 women artists elevating the stories of each other. Those many of us who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes, neatly in cultural categories.
WE are bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. We have come together, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and without the construct and context of white—not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with. Happening in our society is police brutality, gun violence, calls for bans, for walls, we hope to provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in the U.S.A. to move us towards humanity. We are the global majority.