The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: Bakpak

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The 49507 Project: Bakpak

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

Bakpak

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Bakpak Mural

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Bakpak mural

About Bakpak

Bakpak Durden, born and raised in Detroit, is a self-taught multi-hyphenate post-disciplinary artist. Pulling from various figurative art techniques, Durden employs a wide range of mediums—oil and acrylic
paint, graphite, and fine art photography —to construct their hyperrealistic and conceptual works of art. Durden’s artworks illuminate the complexity and precarity of human emotion and identity by
meticulously examining their own.

In 2021, Durden completed a breathtaking mural for the inaugural BLKOUT Walls mural festival in Detroit and a vanitas style influenced mural in St Petersburg, FL for the SHINE mural festival. They were
a contributor to the GUCCI VS. EVERYBODY campaign, in collaboration with the Vs Everybody brand and Gucci in conjunction with Gucci Changemakers at the start of 2021. They are a 2021 Gilda Award
recipient along with the Playground Detroit 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship and the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation Grant awardee.

Bakpak is focused on continuing their work within their communities; highlighting black trans and queer visibility in addition to mental health, neurodiversity, and disability advocacy/representation as a Detroiter in its robust art scene.
Durden’s artwork was exhibited at SCOPE Miami 2021 and their solo exhibition, “I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before” recently concluded in December of 2021. They are the co-founder of Paper Street Press Co,
a zine press and distro uplifting artists’ own narratives.

Liberation- 

Fannie Lou Hamer said “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” and I can’t say it better than that.

Reclamation- 

The idea/practice of reclamation’s ability to advance equity is ever-expanding, in terms of WHAT must be reclaimed. From land to power to our ability as individuals to make decisions regarding our own bodies.
This ultimately lends itself to our collective liberation.

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