Sidetracks is a collective whose mandate is to make screenprinting accessible to projects and organizations working for social change, especially those that work around self-representation, self-expression, anti-racism, anti-facism, queer liberation and that support anti-colonial struggles opposing the ongoing destruction and exploitation of Indigenous lands through colonialism and capitalism.
As a collective of activists and artists, we work within an anti-oppression framework toward social and economic transformation. We share skills and resources to create art in the spirit of self-representation and revolution. The collective aims to be run by and for people who are trans, two-spirit, queer, Indigenous and/or people of colour* and their friends.
Our Guiding Principles
This mission is founded on the understanding that our experiences of oppression (ableism, capitalism/poverty, colonialism, homophobia, racism, facism, sexism, transphobia etc.) are interlinked. They work to undermine the strength, skills and knowledge within our communities. Having access to resources and skills helps us to combat these political, economic and social realities. As we learn from and teach each other, we acknowledge how we may be complicit in each others oppression in order to develop stronger, more accountable communities. We also equip ourselves to reclaim our images through self-representation from a dominant culture. We are a part of a community of powerful individuals that defend who and what we love. We want to help it grow stronger.
*Sidetracks is a working group of QPIRG Concordia*