100 Days Action (100DA) is pleased to announce Unfuck the Future, an online artist in residence program series presenting new work by Indira Allegra, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Susana Eslava, Angela Hennessy, Jason Lazarus & Nick Wylie, and Allison Akootchook Warden. With the support of a grant from Alternative Exposure, Unfuck the Future will take place April through September 2018. These month-long residencies continue 100 Days Action’s mission to amplify the creative resistance of artists.
The residency series features emerging and established artists from across the nation including artist, performer, and writer Indira Allegra (Oakland, CA); social practice artist Susana Eslava (San Francisco, CA and Bogotá, Colombia); interdisciplinary artist Angela Hennessy (Oakland, CA); artist and Muslim Zombie drag queen Faluda Islam (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) (San Francisco, CA and Karachi, Pakistan); intermedia artists Jason Lazarus & Nick Wylie (Tampa, FL/Chicago, IL); and Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist and rapper Allison Akootchook Warden (Anchorage, AK).
Since November 2016, we’ve seen social media used in ways that were once unimaginable. With our current President regularly proposing new policies via Twitter, 100 Days Action takes back the cultural medium through this residency series. With this new opportunity, Unfuck the Future artists put forth an imaginative counter narrative to the current ascendancy of values that threaten the vulnerable and brace us against the travails to come.
100 Days Action is honored to work with some of the most creative voices currently addressing the socio-political upheavals that plague the globe today. Unfuck the Future artist projects can be found on the following social media platforms beginning April 1, 2018:
APRIL 2018 – INDIRA ALLEGRA
Allegra will use her residency to present Empathic Optic, a visual poem exploring empathy that will reveal itself over the course of a month. Each post will contain one stanza or short video performance that demonstrates or describes an experience of empathy.
MAY 2018 – ALLISON AKOOTCHOOK WARDEN
In tavra (Messages from the Healed Future), Akootchook Warden will write poems around the themes of environmental healing and inclusion from an Indigenous perspective as well as invite others to share images and poems from our healed future.
JUNE 2018 – FALUDA ISLAM (ZULFIKAR ALI BHUTTO)
Bhutto will unveil the new, queer Muslim future as his drag character Faluda Islam—a warrior in a mythical future revolution who is martyred before she can see her own rebellion succeed. In Alif Para La Revolución, a narrative will emerge in which Islam has not only re-animated but has also returned to the past in order to give us a glimpse into the future.
JULY 2018 – SUSANA ESLAVA
In Clases de Español, Eslava will create a series of visual language lessons, resembling vintage school book illustrations, that subversively counter Eurocentric narratives of colonialism in the Americas.
AUGUST 2018 – JASON LAZARUS and NICK WYLIE
Lazarus and Wylie will survey two modes of political candidates—the progressive quixotic candidate and the progressive tactical candidate. Artful Politicking: the Quixotic and Future Perfect juxtaposes the efficacy and power of these modes when considered in conversation with each other.
SEPTEMBER 2018 – ANGELA HENNESSY
Hennessy’s project In the Wake will look at political resistance and resilience through the construction of black identity in historical and contemporary representation. Inspired by a ship’s log, daily posts will narrate a textual and visual journey reflecting on black joy, grief, and survival.