"Mesoamérica Resiste": Presented By The Beehive Design Collective

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"Mesoamérica Resiste": Presented By The Beehive Design Collective
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"Mesoamérica Resiste": Presented By The Beehive Design Collective says
Join members of the Beehive Design Collective for an evening of art and engaging dialouge centering on their newest epic graphic "Mesoamérica Resiste". The Bees will tell the narrative of the project, of how free trade deals and neo-colonial devolopment schemes impact local communities, land, and biodiversity across the continent, as well as celebrating stories of resistance of people fighting to defend their lands and ways of life.
We will also discuss how art can be used as a tool for organizing and story telling surrounding the complex global issues of capitalist domination that impact us locally as well.
"THE STORY OF THE MESOAMÉRICA RESISTE GRAPHICS CAMPAIGN
The Mesoamérica Resiste graphics campaign is the third and final image in the Beehive’s trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities.

In 2004 an initial group of Bees traveled from Mexico to Panama over 5 months to meet with people on the frontlines of resistance to a regional development plan then known as Plan Puebla Panama (PPP). The announcement of the PPP in 2001 had sparked powerful cross-border organizing against its industrial scale mega-projects, like super-highways, dams, and power grids. In the following years our ongoing, intensive grassroots research took a variety of forms, from large international gatherings to local round tables, from interviews to informal conversations.

The stories in the graphic come from current struggles, but are also rooted in the legacies of over 500 years of colonialism in the Americas. A banner across the top reads, “Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up” – reminding us that we are in an era of extreme loss of cultural and ecological diversity and rapid climate change. Through the lens of Mesoamerica, the graphic tells the big picture story of what’s at stake across the globe with the neoliberal model of “development,” and what we’ve already lost.

This project reflects our efforts to go beyond illustrating just the bad news, to also sharing stories of collective action and inspiration. The inside of the poster tells stories of grassroots organizing and community resilience. A multitude of characters symbolize strategies and tactics for building and defending autonomy. We’ve depicted over 400 species of insects, plants, and animals that are native to somewhere between Mexico and Colombia, giving a glimpse into the incredible biodiversity of the region."
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