Finding your voice in the streets: Street art and epistemic injustice
journal contributionposted on 2021-10-11, 20:39 authored by Sondra BacharachSondra Bacharach
I argue that activists have co-opted street art as a tool for addressing epistemic injustices, injustices that result from negative identity prejudices that silence certain groups of people unfairly. To defend this claim, I explore the special nature of street art that makes it an especially appropriate tool for activists to enlist in the fight against epistemic injustices. From there, I will examine in detail two case studies which illustrate how street art is used to respond to and correct for these injustices: first, the street art series, "Stop Telling Women to Smile" by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and then Chris Metzger's Inside Out Project in Baltimore. Drawing on these examples, I highlight the features in virtue of which street art constitutes a particularly effective tool for correcting epistemic injustices.