Local Midlands exhibit showcases activism through art


Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- The theme was "Dream Dangerously" and it was all about activism in new and innovative ways.

The Safe 2.0 event took placed at the Tapp's Art Center in Downtown Columbia, and the prevailing message was activism shown through art.

The crowd got the chance to see a slideshow of statistics and photos all during live music performances, poetry readings and art exhibits touching on various social and political themes.

The topics ranged from gerrymandering, to police brutality, to poverty, to religious and ethnic minority rights, and more.

Participants also got the chance to take part in interactive art pieces. There was a table where quotes from past presidential addresses could be rearranged to form new messages. There was also a box where people could anonymously express their thoughts on any topic of concern to be read aloud at the mic, and a pinata made out of the State House with the Confederate flag atop it. Participants got a chance to hit the pinata at the end of the night.

SAFE stands from the Subversive Art Festival Extravaganza and it was put on by the New Legacy Project organization.

Organizers, like Wayne Borders, say that the event --in it's second year-- is to show that people can be engaged in contemporary issues in a way that personally connects with them.

"So, a lot of time, people don't think that politics is for them," said Borders. "Or they see things happening and they don't feel like they're represented. But when you put things in the medium of art, that gives people the opportunity to engage with that artwork as an individual and, also, collectively with other people who are also experiencing that art."

The event lasted from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. It was free and open to the public.

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