ARTIST: RAYMOND HELKIO / PANSY RIOT

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Canada-based artist Raymond Helkio created these images as a queer call to action in 2015. The result was the PANSY RIOT project.  Part beautification project and part solidarity building, the public installations give pause for reflection on the value of community in Toronto, Canada.

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Manifesto

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We challenge the whole straight-filled world with our wild dancing in electric-coloured tights.

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We, unhinged and anonymous girls in Balaclavas, break into boutiques and into fashion shows, burning a napalm trail across the consciousness of conformity.

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Our rage-full art tolerates neither the enclosed ghettos of galleries nor legalized arenas.

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It is too constrained by city squares and towns.

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It seizes the worldwideweb and penetrates the mass media, gadgets and headlines.

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Underneath our feet the roofs of trolley buses buckle, subway platforms reel and the streets fill with iridescent colours.

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With every lash of our queer whip, the authoritarian leader shudders and his secret police scurry like cockroaches into their filthy hideouts, leaving the government to our dances.

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We are Open Source extremists, we are the queer virus infecting your thoughts.

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Our acid colours are blinding to the world’s sexist and corrosive stereotypes.

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Our pansies pierce through the vacuum of passivity around us.

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Our thirst for freedom brings down the wall of prisons and brings forth new waves of protest.

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We are the air-freshener of rotten urban spaces, we are the fatal system failure of corrupt patriarchy.

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We’re always in the danger zone, always on the edge, and we don’t care.

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We couldn’t care less about Putin and all the rest of those insecure power- mongers.

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We’re giving the government back to the people.

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We stand for humanism and human rights.

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We hereby declare the abortion of fascism and proclaim the equality of all people on planet Earth!

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To explore Helkio’s works further please visit Facebook, Instagram and the artist’s website.

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To explore more queer contemporary art please visit www.balaclavadotq.net.

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