The Kindred Bloom project was created for the ‘Wearing Justice’ exhibit on view at the Kent State University Museum 2019-20. As we acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of the May 4th Kent State shootings, we find the parallels between the student activists in 1970 and contemporary youth activists pronounced. In the 1970’s young passionate students demonstrated against the American war in Vietnam and Korea by holding rallies and demonstrations. At the time of Kindred Bloom’s conception, we were again witnessing the mobilization of youth activists, this time urging leaders to address gun safety legislation. Immediately following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting on February 14th, 2018, the media outlets were publishing images of children responding angrily to the lack of gun laws. Some images featured children with friendship bracelets which were inherently made in the innocence of youth, displayed on the wrists of these children. Currently, youth are holding rallies to gain the attention of those in power and working on digital platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to grow a community of support. Our collaborative response to Kent State University’s commemoration of the May 4th event is a conceptual installation in which we imagine the youth activists of today utilizing folk-art-inspired art previously employed by their youth activist counterparts in the 1970’s to embellished their clothing to both communicate support and create/reinforce community.
Yoder, S., & Campbell, M. (2020). Kindred Bloom Collaboration. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/10462
Yoder, Sue, and Melissa Campbell. 2020. “Kindred Bloom Collaboration”. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/10462.
Yoder, S., and M. Campbell. Kindred Bloom Collaboration. June 2020, https://oaks.kent.edu/node/10462.