Artist Suzanne Lacy’s participatory, legislative project No Blood/No Foul represents her work with Oakland youth activists, City Council, and the Mayor’s Office to draft a new youth policy in 1997. On June 5, 1997, the eve of the Oakland City Council’s vote on a newly drafted Youth Policy Initiative, Lacy staged a performance in the form of a basketball game between youth and police officers. No Blood/No Foul was a collaboration with Michelle Baughan, Stan Hebert, Annice Jacoby, Chris Johnson, Councilwoman Sheila Jordan, Mike Shaw, Officer Terrance West, and Frank Williams. The project was one of The Oakland Projects, a series of eight public initiatives Lacy organized with youth and adult collaborators under the acronym TEAM (Teens, Educators, Artists, and Media Makers) between 1991 and 2000. No Blood/No Foul and its legislative processes are presented as a video and mixed media installation created for Citizen Culture.
Citizen Culture explores the intersection of art and politics and doubles as a platform for open dialogue and engagement. It features the work of artists, architects, designers, creative thinkers, and collectives who have reshaped public policy using aesthetic strategies: Ala Plástica (Silvina Babich and Alejandro Meitín), Tania Bruguera, Suzanne Lacy, Michael Maltzan, The Medellín Diagram (Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman, Matthias Goerlich, and Alejandro Echeverri), Antanas Mockus with Futuro Moncada, and Tamms Year Ten. Through photographs, videos, maps, drawings, architectural models, performances, and activism, Citizen Culture celebrates the power of art to spark dialogue, create new modes of civic engagement, and transform the laws by which cities and citizens are governed. Organized by independent curator Lucía Sanromán, the exhibition spans projects from six cities in the Americas: Oakland, California; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Medellín, Colombia; Bogotá, Colombia; and La Plata, Argentina. Citizen Culture examines effectiveness and outcomes within the growing field of social practice by exclusively featuring projects that have transformed legislation and society.
The projects in Citizen Culture serve as case studies for how artists can work directly with municipal governments, NGOs, legislators, and advocates to effect change.