Thursday, 11 May 2023
Beehive Collective https://beehivecollective.org
Jennifer Teeter, Kyoto Seika University
Saku Bee will be presenting Mesoamérica Resiste, the third and final instalment in the Beehive’s trilogy on globalization in the Americas. The intricate, double-sided image documents resistance to the top-down development plans and mega-infrastructure projects that literally pave the way for resource extraction and free trade. She will highlight stories of cross-border collective action, especially organizing led by women both within and at the forefront of social movements. While focusing on stories from Mexico and Central America, we will weave a much larger narrative about ways people are fighting back against a global economy based on colonialism, land grabs, and exploitation, and building alternative economies, all over the globe.
About the Speaker
Sakura Saunders (Saku Bee) has been a member of the Beehive Design Collective since 2008, is a founder of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and a long-time organizer for environmental justice. Before she started organizing campaigns for justice, she was an independent journalist, radio producer, and media reform advocate. She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her partner and two kids.
Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated,all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organising tools.They work as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, shared with them through conversations with affected communities. These intricate pen and ink drawings are printed as giant fabric murals, and are used to provoke discussion, raise hard questions, and share hopeful stories about actions big and small we can take to build a better world.