1. Guiding Principles

C / 2020

Our guiding principles help us shape new initiatives, ongoing projects, and collaborations. These principles are dynamic and may evolve, and should evolve, not from the turbulence of the political climate, but alongside the improving strategies and endeavors to conceptually and physically build museums that actively benefit folx and communities who are marginalized and abused in traditional museum spaces. This same demographic of people are most gravely harmed by countless fucked up social systems, and we have a responsibility to counter these systems. Through an ongoing series of museums, we will fight fucked up social systems that are continually added to this public list. The principles below set a foundation for IMAAFUSS to maximize its capacity to develop museums and sustain projects with care, sincerity, autonomy, and responsiveness.

  • Partner with people and collectives, not institutions or companies. We do not accept corporate sponsorships or institutional partnerships.
  • *Pursue the ideal. The starting point of any endeavor should disregard rules, bureaucracies, and impossibilities, so we know exactly what needs to be challenged.
  • *Consider everything an experiment. We want to focus on making change, not on polished and packaged output.
  • Decolonize thinking and research. Research is bounded and restricted by Western academic standards. Critical findings from artistic practice are often relegated to tertiary information. We pursue artistic production as research.
  • Set only short term goals. Long term goals inhibit and distract from the chance to respond to current affairs. We want to engage with and embrace urgencies.

*"Without new visions, we donʼt know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us”, Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams : The Black Radical Imagination.

*Sister Corita Kent’s 10 Rules.