At our last Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 meeting some participants said they wanted to know more about working in collectives. We immediately went to Avram Finkelstein who has a wealth of experience with working in collectives on public health topics.
Avram agreed to share his insights on working in collectives like ACT-UP and GRAN FURY, as well as working in public spaces with broad, non-art audiences. We originally intended this to be about 15-30 minutes, but then the conversation just got rolling and was of such high quality, we rolled along with it.
Avram Finkelstein is an artist, activist and writer living in Brooklyn, and a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives.
Merith Basey is Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines in the United States. Rebecca Bray and Steve Lambert are co-directors of the Center for Artistic Activism.
Table of contents
|15:30||Storytelling in Capitalism|
|24:55||The Opening Sentence|
|29:00||Simple but not simplistic|
|36:45||Working in Collectives|
|52:35||Growing into your role|
|1:00:03||Working in Public|
|1:06:35||Tips for Collective Projects|
|1:11:08||Q: Doubt the collective?|
|1:20:39||Q: COVID conversations?|