No No Campaign
2015, THE MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART, BALTIMORE, MD
This image features the central poster for my No No Campaign. No No was a series of programs and an exhibition that aimed to highlight some of the ways in which Western institutions have attempted to maintain ‘social order’ through suppression. Specifically, it aimed to draw a relationship between the suppression of knowledge, in the form of historically banned books, and the suppression of human beings, in the form of political prisoners. The exhibition housed a letter writing center to political prisoners, information about specific political prisoners in Myanmar, a small library of references, and a series of zines. Each zine featured segments of a different book that has had a history of being banned in the Western world and was prefaced with the reason for its banning. As part of the campaign, I hosted workshops sharing the stories of current prisoners, practical skills in this form of letter writing, and hosted visitors for conversations circling around the theme. This exhibition I gave new use to my older print-based works.