Every day brings another insane something from the Cheeto president. This week, we honestly struggled with what poster to install, because we have a few that would have commented on the issues of the week. In solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock and around the country, we decided on this work by Monica Canilao and Eric Loundy.
Eric adds, "We're participating in this project to raise awareness and ultimately resistance against the current administration's development of orders and actions that lead to vile and inhumane environmental degradation, especially the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL. This image was humbly created in solidarity with the Water Protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and all Natives and allies standing up on the front-line in resistance to the advancement of the DAPL."
On a personal level, it's an honor to be working with Eric and Monica, whose work we've admired from afar for years. Art in Ad Places has been an interesting process of reaching out a lot of complete strangers and asking them to take part in something a bit outside of the norm. It's been inspiring to see so many artists jump at the opportunity, and then use their space for such important messages.
On a more macro philosophical level, this #NODAPL poster is a great example of what Art in Ad Places is about. Advertising makes people act selfishly and consume more, neither of which are good for society as a whole, or the environment. In a perfect world, we wouldn't be so selfish, and if people weren't so selfish, we wouldn't even need a #NODAPL campaign. We all know, intuitively, that water is life, not Coca Cola. It's unrelenting advertising that wears us down until we think otherwise.