Mapping Social Issues, The Beehive Design Collective

by Natalia Guerrero


How can we use art as a tool to break down social issues by mapping out this contexts through symbolic organization and colonization of beehives? The Beehive Design Collective uses illustrations to map social issues or conflicts such as Free Trade in the Americas, Plan Colombia, and others to reach an understanding of the different dynamics that come into play. The collective facilitates workshops for communities who want to deconstruct complex and overwhelming issues that are shaping their society, by “using bio-regionally accurate depictions of animals and insects as metaphors to link cultural and ecological diversity.”

Their current graphic campaigns are working on the Free Trade resistance in Mesoamerica, Plan Colombia, The True Cost of Coal, among others.

Check out how these layers of symbolic narration are created in this link: http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/plancolombia.htm

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