New York, NY
...as though I had a right to be here
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Vienna Rye is a 26 year-old, self-taught visual artist, revolutionary community organizer, mixed asian, womxn, gender non-conforming, based in New York City.
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, getting a torrented version of Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite when I was 12 years old and just running with creating visual media, mainly as a form of self-expression and to deal with trauma.
In 2014, I began to use my visual art as a response to the racist state violence that was occurring around me. I became a co-organizer of Millions March NYC, which mobilized 80K people in protest of the state-sanctioned murder of Eric Garner, for which I oversaw media and tactical. I have created graphics for NYC, Ferguson, and national Black Lives Matter groups, as well as organized years of marches throughout NYC.
"I use art as a catalyst to confront and uproot settler colonialism, racism, capitalism, and patriarchy. I believe the decolonized imagination is one of our most powerful tools for liberation. We can only fight as far as we can imagine. So if we can’t visualize a better world first, how are we going to build it?"