Thank you Sheela for your time to talk about SOLIDARITY21, if there’s anyone who has the heart for what we do and understands us, it’s you
Those who have been following my work will know that I am part of the collective RSCLS, and that we created SOLIDARITY21– a platform for urban cultural exchange which we receive support for from the NAC. Those who’ve known us from way back would know that we would initiate plenty of street initiatives for the community out of our own pockets in hopes of progressing local street culture. It has always been about the community, by the community, for the love of the community. In recent times, we decided to take it a step further to make bigger progress in this area, and we knew that what we earn as artists isn’t going to be able to fund all that we wanted to achieve. As such, we went through paperwork, an intense interview (imagine two would-be convicts presenting an idea in a boardroom of easily 20 directors, artists and the like) and were awarded a seed grant to realise our goal- to progress urban art culture in all 21 East Asian and South East Asian countries.
I would just like to say, legal or illegal- what matters is the message, the intention, the initiative. SOLIDARITY21 is created to progress the art form through solidarity of all Asian urban artists to raise the profile of the discipline collectively; encourage better understanding through shared experiences; researching and documenting Asian urban art culture from different walks of life- and if doing all this for the love of the art is going to be questioned and judged based on legality or illegality of it, then let that serve as a reflection of the mindset of today. Be discerning, not assuming.
You can read the article HERE.