Project Start



Antonio Serna


New York City


Documents of Resistance is an art/research/educational project that presents an intersectional view of art history through the art and activism of people of color. In this history there is no separation between politics and culture. Here protests organizing and studio time are seen as different means to achieve the same goal.

Only this way can we see the emergence of a truly American avant garde. Documents of Resistance aims to give form to this avant garde, by bringing together the collective struggle and individual transformation of artists and communities of color between 1960 to the present time.

Documents of Resistance  Workshop with Free  University New York at Kara Walker exhibtion, May 6, 2015

The first public engagement of Documents of Resistance, July 5, 2014. Workshop held in conjunction with The Free University’s event “Subtleties of Resistance” at Kara Walker’s exhibtion, A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, at the Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, NY.

1st & 2nd Iteration (2014–2015)
Adhoc In Situ Protests Workshops w/Free University at Pedro Albizu Campos Center & “Subtleties of Resistance” Kara Walker’s/Creative Time A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby

3rd Iteration (2015)
‘Tough Love’ Documents of Resistance III Protest Letters Workshop at Smack Mellon w/ Leina Bocar Artworkers of Color Initiative

4th Iteration (2015–2017)
Formalized Timeline Workshops @Triangle Arts and Interference Archives

5th Iteration (2017–2018)
Our Oppressions Are Connected (mural) @Tufts University & Loisaida Center

6th Iteration (2017–2018)
Timeline Presentation 60s, 70s, 80s @Loisaida Center

7th Iteration (2018)
Lloyd X Latimer // Our Oppressions are Connected (Tom Lloyd) + X Documents Series @Lewis Latimer House Museum

8th Iteration (2020)
Museum Workers Manifesto – Our Oppressions are Connected (Detroit’s Revolutionary Black Workers Movement) @PS122 Gallery

9th Iteration (2020)
Our Oppressions are Connected (TWLF: SFSC + UC Berkeley)
Archive in Exile • PS122 Studios New York, NY (Online)

10th Iteration (2024)
Moving Forward Together
details to come

Native America

Documents of Resistance Archive currently holds 254 items, of which only 12% have been archived and only %2 are available online. Institutions and researchers may inquire about accessing or donating resources to continue to the archive.