“Which Side Are You On?” was a large scale, collaborative installation in the Union Art Gallery at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in the late winter/early spring of 2009. Thirteen Justseeds members spent six days (working 15-17 hours per day) to bring together a massive, multi-faceted installation from scratch, using largely recycled materials, inexpensive lumber and paint, and an arsenal of our own print work. A watermark moment for our group, this exhibition was a key exercise in collaboration and compromise, ultimately framing tactics and strategies for future collaborative, gallery-based endeavors. UWM staff, students, and Milwaukee community members were generous and instrumental in helping us pull this show together.
“Which Side Are You On?” examines the use of walls as physical and mental barriers that create de-facto segregation, whether it is the walls that divide nation states, the streets that separate one side of town from the other, or the barriers that separate humans from the environment. “Which Side Are You On?” challenges these barriers while envisioning a more just and sustainable future.”