Living in Oakland on Ohlone Territory, Cece Carpio paints people and places working towards a more dignified existence. She creates murals as a form of resistance to demand justice for Black lives, show that a better world is possible, and show the necessary shift that needs to happen in order to win a just COVID recovery for everyone.
Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, her work also tells stories of immigration, ancestry and resilience. She documents evolving traditions by combining folkloric forms, bold portraits and natural elements with urban art techniques. She can often be found collaborating with her collective, Trust Your Struggle, teaching, and traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.
About the “How Art Changes the World” Series: Greenpeace reached out to frontline artists in our community to create works of art that represent the power of solidarity, community resistance, and community organizing in moments of crisis. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began – and even more so since the Movement for Black Lives has so strongly embedded itself into the consciousness in the U.S. – resistance is taking on new forms and people are acting in solidarity in new ways and with new allies. However, the need to come together, lift up the voices of those affected the most, and organize against our exploitative and extractive systems, is nothing new.
With this in mind, we invited proposals for public art pieces at any scale that highlight the various forms of resistance in the public space happening in this moment. The goal: to show everyone invested in the fight for social and environmental justice that they’re not alone in demanding a good life and health for all.
Artwork by @cececarpio in collaboration with @trustyourstrugglecollective.