Nicolas Lampert: creative strategies for social struggles, mud stencils & the closing of Tamms prison IL

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nicolas Lampert, member of the Justseeds collective visited Philly on a tour presenting his book  People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements.


He came to the studios of WPEB to talk with decarcerate PA about his involvement in a graphic campaign that demanded the closing of Tamms prison in Illinois. The action involved mud stencils with the image of Illinois state locating the Tamms inhumane prison, the text was simple and clear: End Torture in Illinois. Teams of activists traveled the city with buckets of mud and imprinted walls and sidewalks with this unique form of ecological messaging. Through this conversation we talked about creative strategies to bring public atention to political and social struggles.

Nicolas Lampert is a Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist, author, and independent curator whose work focuses on themes of social justice and ecology. Recent activist-based projects include working as an artist on actions with the Rain Forest Action Network (Chicago chapter), Tamms Year Ten, and Iraq Veteran’s Against the War (Chicago chapter). To see his artist website, please visit: