Climate Prints is a curated project that launched in September 2015 by five activist-artists in the United States. While we partner with groups both local and global in scale, we are not singularly associated with or funded, by any group, institution, or NGO. Our accountability is to cultural workers and (as best we can) to the climate justice movement at large.
As organizers of Climate Prints, we were inspired to create the site from other past/present copyright-free/movement graphic websites that friends of ours started. One is Occuprint that arose out of Occupy Wall Street, the other is Artists Against Police Violence that arose out of the Black Lives Matter movement. Like these two different projects, we are inviting artists and designers – at all levels and from all corners of the world – to submit work to be curated into the project.
We encourage artists to submit multiple images to multiple categories on the site and to contribute new work as it arises. (We also encourage artists already on the site to contribute to the Current Campaigns). Climate Prints is not in response to a fleeting movement – one with an end date – thus there is a need to produce new work as new conditions/issues emerge over time. That said, we might decide to cap or delay the release of certain images if the Climate Prints site becomes too overly-represented by a single artist. We will make these decisions based on the overall need of the site.
-We will reject images that we understand as racist, sexist, or homophobic – whether it is meant to be ironic, humorous, or not.
-We privilege diversity on the site be it geographical, age, race, gender, sexuality, etc. We welcome work by “established” artists and designers and “non-established” artists and designers. Credentials mean nothing to us; great images and concepts do. We do not care whether it is the first image you have made, the tenth image, or the one thousandth image that you have made. We will judge each image on its own merit alone.
-We privilege images that are diverse in style. We do not seek a unified aesthetic on the Climate Prints site. Rather we hope to see a diversity of styles that mirrors the diversity of the people and the tactics of the global Climate Justice Movement.
-We privilege work that we believe will be useful to groups, organizers, and movements in the Climate Justice Movement. We know that this movement is hard to define, constantly changing, and the dynamics differ in different communities, cities, states, and countries. We know that tactics differ for local campaigns than they do for broad-based national and international campaigns. If we reject an image and are wrong in our analysis, tell us. Explain how your image and text is needed for the movement that you are responding to (and hopefully directly collaborating with).
-We welcome images that are responding to current issues/campaigns, as well as images from relatively recent campaigns (from 2010-on.) The “Movement Building” campaign is an ideal category to house graphics from past campaigns to showcase that our art has made a difference in various campaigns. This is the ideal category to show both the graphics and photographs of the art in action.
-We welcome text in other languages other than English – but may ask for a second version of the image in English.
-We privilege work created by activist-artists. We recognize that this label means different things to different people. We also recognize that this includes “professional” designers who are working in solidarity with movements or whose concern for climate issues drives them to create new images.
-We may at times dialogue with artists and designers by email if we think the aesthetics and/or content could be improved upon. Asking an artist to revise an image does not guarantee that the revised work will be accepted. But it does signify our interest in your work/concept. We may also ask artists and designers to revise their image description, bio, etc.
-We will have zero patience to work with any artist, designer, or organizer – no matter how great the work is – who strays away from standard email etiquette (meaning: rude emails will not fly) – either during the submission process or from those already curated onto the site. We will reserve the right to remove people’s work from the site if issues arise in this regard.
-We (the organizers of Climate Prints) will adapt our curatorial needs based on the overall needs of the site and the feedback that is given to us by other artists and movement organizers over the duration of the project.