#DecolonizeHistory: Storytelling & Decolonial Resistance
#DecolonizeHistory is about storytelling that disrupts space to present narratives that have been actively silenced or neglected. #DecolonizeHistory is a Toronto-based sticker-art project aimed at interrupting space, addressing colonial roots and undoing processes of white supremacy. Historical narratives within mainstream discourse are presented without the context of colonization, slavery and imperialism, despite the fundamental role they play on all aspects of life. Within these erasures, there are narratives we are told at the expense of silencing other narratives that are actively unrepresented. We are taught to honour the anti-apartheid work done by Nelson Mandela, while we are simultaneouslytaught to disregard Mandela’s continued activism to end the illegal military occupation of Palestine. We are taught to fight for the eradication of gender-based violence yet the stories of countless Indigenous women, women of colour, trans women, queer folks and disabled folks rarely make headlines. This absence of certain narratives has its roots in colonial violence and it has been normalized to the point that stories that diverge from the mainstream discourse are “delegitimized” or presented without “validation.” Nevertheless racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia and other forms of violent discrimination are lived experiences that require no mainstream validation to prove they exist. Existence is resistance and storytelling through art is a part of this resistance.