By Maryssa Cook-Obregón – MA Fashion Futures, London College of Fashion
The fifth edition of the Passagens Reading Group series took place on the 7th of March at London College of Communication (LCC). This session of Passagens featured a workshop with some of the organisers of ‘Hands Off Our Revolution’, which is a global coalition of artists and cultural practitioners.
‘Hands Off Our Revolution’ is a newly formed project and started only a few weeks ago, but it is rapidly growing in size, ideas, and reach. The group at this moment has about 200 members and an initial mission statement has been drawn up, though the organisers intimated that they believe and hope this will evolve through discussions at workshops like this one.
‘Hands Off Our Revolution’ started in light of the turmoil and uncertainty that is being felt around the world as right-wing populist politics have managed to get a foothold in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. As the group is in its nascent stage, members around the world are holding currently these kinds of workshops in their local environs to spread the word about their mission. This workshop at LCC is, in fact, the first meeting that the group is holding in London. Later this week, the group will hold similar events in New York and Chicago.