Members of the Beehive Collective talk about the the time and effort it
takes to make large-scale political graphics with the help of local
communities in Latin America. Bzzzz.
Spiders growing native corn and saving the seeds to avoid growing
genetically modified varieties, native birds shredding power lines
meant for Big Business, bees getting kicked off land owned by the World
Bank, and tadpoles running a community radio station. These are just a
few of the images you'll see in the new educational graphic,
Mesoamerica Resiste. The graphic is the product of several years of
work by the Maine-based Beehive Collective.
The collective hopes to distribute half of their anti-copyright posters
to groups in Mesoamerica, where they spent many months working with
people who would be affected by Plan Puebla Panama*, a trade agreement
that activists worry will strip much of Latin America of its natural
resources. Recently, several collective members (referring to
themselves as "the pollinators") sat down to tell WireTap about their
humble origins, the challenges they've encountered, and their hopes to
take what they call the "complex, overwhelming realities of our time"
and make them accessible and engaging.
A Wiretap interview.