Conversation around the social justice posters currently on view in MODA's Luba Lukova: Designing Justice exhibition collided with themes from Beyonce’s visual albumLemonade last month, creating space for The Lemonade Project attendees to discuss social justice issues that have affected individual lives in unique ways.
Graphic artist, Luba Lukova, began her artistic career designing dynamic posters for a theatre in communist-led Bulgaria, where she was born. Pulling from social justice themes such as censorship and biased media content, The Lemonade Project toured and explored Luba's posters, and built empathy channeled through their own experiences.
We took the conversation to the side gallery, which features three interactive installations meant to spark conversation – perfect for where we were headed. MODA facilitators led open-ended discussion, encouraging attendees to talk about the social justice issues that have impacted their lives. From tracing their stories with multi-colored thread, to grabbing clip boards that pose tough questions off the wall, Lemonade attendees quickly began to physically engage in story telling, analyzing the many ways we can use the design process to create a safe space for important conversations like this.
Conversation turned to life's wants and needs, and how those wants and needs define people as individuals. One younger woman opened up about the anxiety she felt as she watches her friends marry and grow their families. Grandmothers chimed in, offering advice and reflections, and spurred another discussion about embracing what you desire out of life, and not what others tell you.
Bringing it back to Beyonce's Lemonade album, other attendees dissected additional important social justice issues that exist in Bey's collection of work and how we can possibly work to address those issues and design for a better, more accepting future. People then exchanged information, thanked one another, and left the gallery space behind with social justice on their minds.