10/06 | Visual Activism: Devi Peacock


Devi Peacock from Peacock Rebellion
Tuesday, October 6
11:30-12:30pm PST

This talk will take place online
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Devi Peacock is a sixteenth-generation storyteller; a comedy writer; co-organizer of the Liberated 23rd Ave. cultural land trust; and the founding Artistic and Executive Director of Peacock Rebellion, a Huichin (Ohlone land/Oakland) -based crew of queer and trans Black, Indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC), named one of the “100 people, organizations and movements shaping the future of culture.” Devi is an advisor to the Resilience Archives and the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative and a member of the QTPOC4SHO arts collective. Devi was an organizer at the Queer Cultural Center, home of the National Queer Arts Festival; a cultural equity Fellow with Emerging Arts Professionals and the Community Arts Stabilization Trust; co-led Liberating Ourselves Locally, a QTBIPOC maker space; and serves on funding, curation, and speaking panels for groups including the Arts & Democracy Network, California Arts Council, Center for Cultural Innovation, Dance/USA, Grantmakers in the Arts, National Performance Network, National Queer Arts Festival, and the United States of Asian America Festival. Devi taught comedic arts at Stanford and, pre-COVID times, got paid to share shart jokes for social justice across North America. 

Photo credit: Luna Merbruja.


About the Visual Activism series: How has visual culture played a role within the social movements of the last several decades, such as #BlackLivesMatter and Extinction Rebellion? How, we might ask, is activism made visible; how does it erupt (or disappear) with collective fields of vision? Drawing upon Black South African queer photographer Zanele Muholi’s term “visual activism” as a flexible rubric that encompasses both formal practices and political strategies, this series interrogates visual cultures of dissent, resistance, and protest. 

This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture. Visual Activism is sponsored in part by a Creative Discovery Grant from UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative.