Sovereign Bodies Institute
Logo Design, 2019
Some themes explored in this logo are: nationhood, bodies, and the self. What I found interesting about the notion of community and nationhood while exploring this project was the significance of each and every individual that creates it; how community is at once one being and the summary of many others. In using a community based approach to research violence so close to the core of our beings, I decided to highlight the nationhood of beings but also the nationhood of our bodies. The iteration we chose utilizes the overlap of four distinct shapes to form a body but also is an ode to the four directions and the center (self). This developed from sketches of bodies of water.
About Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI):
Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) is a home for generating new knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence. In the spirit of building such freedom, SBI is strongly committed to upholding the sovereignty of all bodies Indigenous peoples hold sacred--our physical bodies, nations, land, and water--and does not accept grants from colonial governments or extractive industries. Similarly, SBI’s work is not limited by colonial borders, concepts of gender, politics of identity or recognition, or ways of knowing. SBI honors the epistemologies and lifeways of indigenous peoples, and is bound by accountability to the land, our ancestors, and each other.