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By Fearless Collective
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About


Since our birth as a collective 5 years ago we have seen it affirmed again and again:

We began as a single poster made by Indian artist Shilo Shiv Suleman in a moment of national trauma. Over the past four years, Shilo has developed a Public Art methodology that places affirmations at the center of social change; using beauty as resistance and Fearlessness as a tool for reclamation.

In 2015, Nida Mushtaq joined Fearless as our co-founder and a team of dynamic artists and organizers across the globe followed soon after. 

We use participative storytelling tools, ritual, and a philosophy of affirmation to create beautiful, community led public art projects across the globe. We have worked with diverse communities ranging from the daughters of sex workers in New Delhi, to Syrian and Armenian refugees in Beirut, to the Tupinamba of Bahia, Brazil making monuments to personal histories and political realities.

We have refined and affirmed our methodology and public art practices through 25 murals, in eight countries and with hundreds of co-creators.

In 2018, we are dreaming of women on the streets, brushes in their hands, facilitating critical social justice conversations with communities, transforming it into art and claiming public space. 

 We are dedicated to making this dream come true via our first Fearless Collective Public Art Residency in South Asia.

There are three steps to making our vision of streets filled with women and beautiful Public Art come true: 

                                                     Step 1: Resource

                                                    Step 2: Residency

                                                 Step 3: Movement

To make the toolkit and residency happen we will need a minimum of $30,000. This $30,000 will allow us to:

  • Convene nine artists from across South Asia in one space. This includes covering all costs related to their international travel, visas, accommodation, food, stipends, and local transportation.
  • Keep the Fearless Collective team on the job as we develop the toolkit and the residency curriculum
  •  Cover basic toolkit production and printing costs associated with widely distributing this resource - both online as well as offline.

By donating to this campaign, you are helping us build a movement and we have something beautiful in return for you too. Each reward tier is a little piece of us in the form of our official Fearless merchandise line. It’s our way to say thank you for making our work possible, and help each of us carry a bit of the streets with us.

Thank you for supporting the Fearless Collective Artist Residency. Together, we can build a world with beauty for all.

Love always,

Fearless Collective

About the Fearless Collective

The Fearless Collective has its heart and roots in South Asia- we are fiscally sponsored U.S. 501(c)(3) by Social Good Fund. We are a team of seven women spread between India, Pakistan, the U.S.

Watch our process in our film "Bonded not Bound" 

Why a Crowdfunding Campaign / Why Now

As a collective grounded in participative methods, a crowdfunding campaign is a perfect fundraising fit.

Every donation you make helps us fund artists from across South Asia and make the residency a reality. Through your support, borders will be crossed and new communities will be formed.

We are running a Kickstarter now because we have the team, experience, and vision to help our work expand acros the region, and eventually around the world. When you fund this campaign, you are funding more than one resident. You are funding a the beginning of a regional network which creates and reclaims spaces across South Asia.

About the Residency:

The Residency will:

  • Develop a visually compelling open-source toolkit on: philosophies and practices of participative/ritualistic storytelling, mural-making and public art with a focus on social change.
  • Mentor residents in the unique methodologies, strategies, techniques and practices of Fearless Collective
  •  Hold space and facilitate residents to adopt Fearless toolkit and methodologies into their own localized, personal form and style. Create three murals with three communities
  • Equip residents with the basics of fundraising, grant writing, archiving, budgeting and project documentation of participative public art projects. 

Costs:

$30,000 is our Kickstarter funding goal because it will provide the foundation we need to begin planning and developing the residency.

The full cost of running the residency is $70,000.

$70,000 allows us to go farther by:

  • Providing $1,600 (1 lakh INR) seed grants to each resident to return to their home community and complete three public art interventions over the course of 2019
  • Fully compensate Fearless team time as we create our toolkit, plan the residency, and mentor our new artists
  • Allow us to complete three community murals, led by residents, over the course of the residency 

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Risks and challenges

Given the historical narratives of our neighboring countries, and the personal narrative of our collective, it is crucial that we bring Pakistani and Indian artists together. Given the complexities of visas and borders we will need to run the residency in a country that is accessible to all. This significantly increases our costs since it is impossible to host a residency in either Pakistan or India where our root networks as a collective exist.

With this intention in mind, visa issues remain a risk associated with running this residency. While we will select a location with relatively easy visa requirements for our South Asian residents geopolitics and visa rules are out of our hands. This could potentially mean at the last minute a resident is unable to attend decreasing the number of residents involved. We will do everything in our power to mitigate this risk by thorough planning and developing appropriate contingency plans.

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    We'll add you to our email list and send you love from across the world. Thanks for all you do.

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    Reclaiming Our Streets Wheatpaste Bundle

    Digital access to three iconic Fearless images. Color them in, paste it on the streets, and send us a photo by #FearlessCollective.

    We'll randomly select two people to receive a Fearless T-shirt.

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    Coloring Inside the Lines

    India based Fearless Fans who pledge $10 (~600 rupees) will receive a printed Coloring Inside the Lines: DIY Fearless Poster set featuring black and white Fearless posters, vintage images, and a watercolor set.

    *Pickup available in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi only*

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    Fearless Poster

    A tribute to Fearless nights filled with stars, warm drinks, and dreams. This iconic Fearless, A-2 size poster by artist Nandita Ratan is a tribute to quiet, Fearless moments.

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    Reclaim The Night

    Featuring an iconic Fearless print from the 2016 #IWillGoOut protests across India, this Fearless notebook with cream, un-lined paper is made for doodling and dreaming.

    Design by Shilo Shiv Suleman and text by Aruna Chandrasekhar

    Includes:
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    Love More

    A tank top/ banyan embroidered in gold with our tag-line "Fearless: Love more"

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    What We Worship, We Shall Become T-Shirt

    Emblazoned with our first Fearless affirmation, "What We Worship, We Shall Become" this gorgeous red and gold shirt is perfect for customizing and wearing on adventures big and small.

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    • What We Worship We Shall Become T-Shirt
    • Fearless Poster Photo Essay (postcard size)
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    The Moon is my Witness

    "My Body, My Business, The Moon is my Witness"

    Inspired by the 2017 #IWillGoOut Protests across India, this t-shirt is made for late night strolls.

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    Limited Edition Fearless Futures Toolkit

    Beautifully printed on ivory paper and filled with dreams, wishes, and explorations, the A-3 size Fearless Futures toolkit is designed as an interactive journal for building new, bold futures.

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    • Fearless Futures: A Feminist Cartographer's Toolkit
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    Embroidered Fearless Mural T-Shirts

    Three personally embroidered, limited edition Fearless T-Shirts featuring murals from India, Pakistan, and Lebanon.

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    • Freedom/ आजादी T-Shirt ( India)
    • I am divine's creation / ہم ہیں تخلیقِ خدا TShirt ( Pakistan)
    • Let us ask about ourselves/ خلیّنا نسأل علٰی بعض T-Shirt(Lebanon)
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    Archival Shilo Shiv Suleman Art Print

    Featuring Shilo Shiv Suleman's 2015 work, "Pleasure" , each A-3 piece is printed on ivory paper and hand-signed.

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    Become a Fearless Residency Patron!

    Each Patron will receive personalized updates about the residency including original, signed artwork produced by the Fearless Collective and our residents.

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    Residency Community Mural

    Patron a community mural produced as part of our residency program.

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    Personal Fearless Collective Mural

    The chance to commission your own, personalized Fearless Collective style mural in your home/ street/ community / work-space

    *travel costs, accommodation, and production materials not included*

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