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.