The 2020 Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t Mobile Art Cart Edition
Aram Han Sifuentes
The 2020 Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t Mobile Art Cart Edition will take place on the neighborhood streets of Chicago via multilingual mobile art cart to engage the public in symbolic acts of voting addressing disenfranchisement, voter suppression, and civic engagement. On the mobile art cart, which will take place in various neighborhoods, Sifuentes and Estrada will invite the public to make art and screen print stylized ballots for the 2020 elections onto paper, fabric, shirts, and to mark their vote directly onto these freshly created art pieces. The Un-Official Voting Station/Mobile Art Cart itself becomes the center of activity and alongside the making, conversations taking place around community issues, disenfranchisement, immigration rights, etc. At the core of the project is a reimagining of voting by bringing this action directly to the streets, particularly in neighborhoods and communities where many people cannot legally vote. In a season where the disenfranchised are deemed to be silent and invisible, these mobile art cart stations will be not only a site for casting symbolic votes, but also will serve as a site for loud celebration, imagination, and protest. The power in this project is in the gesture that it creates, and the connections it creates through art making.
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