Sonnenzimmer Stands with Black Lives Matter
and for Social Justice

                                    

 

2020 – Onward

 

We shall never shy away from the work to be done to unite the members of humanity. We stand with our black, brown, indigenous, asian, arab, LGTBQIA+ people. We stand with everyone trying to sculpt a more just and inclusive world. We are engaging in these direct measures (listed below) to enlist our practice in the service of social justice.
We share this so everyone can envision their own contributions for social reform and racial justice. Our measures are an imperfect work in progress. We will be adapting and tweaking as things unfold and as things need to be amended.

Chicago, July, 28, 2020

1. Institutional Commissions over $2,500.00

T>E>A>M: To Enable All Movement (geared towards institutions such as Museums, Foundations, etc). We recognize that the design industry, the design sector, and design itself can be a  direct pipeline to a market place that furthers suffering. In an effort to tackle this within our own means and practice, we ask that the institutions we work with for help to  ensure that the team we are part of, consists of BIPOC members. Pragmatically speaking, if the overall team (Design + Client) does not already include BIPOC identifying individuals, we can augment the design team to include an artists/designers of color as equal collaborators (no hidden credits), and split the resources equally per person, with their gestural support for this initiative. To honor this gesture, we can take on the administrative work to help facilitate this initiative.

 

2. For Institutional Commissions under $2,500.000

a. We set aside 10% of our payment towards developing a paid internship for a BIPOC identifying artist or designer at Sonnenzimmer to be launched 2021.

 

or

 

b. We donate 10% of our payment back to the client to go towards hiring a BIPOC identifying artist or designer for their next project. This payment is aimed at facilitating time to research an artist that meets that criteria. We will also provide a list of recommendations if requested. 

 

3. Institutional Engagements

Here we seek to insure that institutional lineups are representative of BIPOC and LGTBQIA+ identifying practitioners. If they are not, we will not accept the invitation/engagement and recommend practitioners that meet that criteria. 

 

4. Commercial Commissions (from Businesses or Individuals) 

For commissioned projects with individuals or businesses, we are asking for a written acknowledgement on their stance on social justice issues, specifically the Black Lives Matter movement and LGTBQIA+ rights, to make sure we are in alignment. We are also asking what efforts they are currently making to address these issues, and how will they measure a visible and felt change in their policies within the next year.

 

a. We set aside 10% of our payment towards developing a paid internship for a BIPOC identifying artist or designer at Sonnenzimmer to be launched 2021.

 

or

b. We donate 10% of our payment back to the client to go towards hiring a BIPOC identifying artist or designer for their next project. This payment is aimed at facilitating time to research an artist that meets that criteria. We will also provide a list of recommendations if requested.