The Beehive Design Collective's most ambitious storytelling illustration to date, Mesoamerica Resiste, is complete after nine years of production!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Mesoamérica Resiste is the long awaited final installment in the Beehive's graphic trilogy about globalization in the Americas! This collaboratively produced educational illustration was created through an intensive process of grassroots research that started in 2004, when an initial team from the US, Canada, and Mexico traveled together from Mexico to Panama to meet with communities organizing against the megainfrastructure projects of a regional integration plan then known as Plan Puebla Panama.
Nine years in the making, the Mesoamérica Resiste graphic reflects the Beehive's efforts to document and share diverse stories of communities defending their sovereignty and building alternatives to top-down development plans especially organizing led by indigenous peoples, who have fought back against colonialism and genocide for centuries.
Today, our planet is being transformed by extreme resource extraction, rapid industrialization, and economic globalization. With climate change compounding the high stakes, the exchange of stories and strategies is more important than ever to our collective survival. Stories of social and environmental struggles are depicted through highly detailed drawings of over 500 unique species of plants, animals, and insects that are native to Mesoamerica, highlighting the immense importance of cultural and ecological diversity. The result is a visual tour de force, packed full of compelling and inspirational tales of resistance and resiliency in this era of immense change.
Our hope in releasing this graphic into the world is that it will live and evolve as a dynamic tool for organizing and educating about some of the most important issues of our times.
ABOUT BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE
The Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist-art collective dedicated to "cross-pollinating the grassroots" by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. We work anonymously as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, gathered and shared through first hand conversations with affected communities.
This Kickstarter campaign aims to fund a massive print run of posters and fabric murals which teams of traveling storytellers will tour with, far and wide! Our goal is always to return half of what we print to the regions the stories came from.
Please join us in getting the word out!
Contribute online at Kickstarter: http://kck.st/17GFrjd and receive some great rewards in exchange!