Shannon Galpin

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and global activist,Shannon Galpin, has worked for a decade on human rightsprojects in Afghanistan and has spent a lifetime focused on social justice work as an activist, artist, explorer, and writer.

Shannon’s work focuses in public spaces and started with the Streets of Afghanistan installation that toured as a pop-up traveling street exhibition in Afghanistan in 2012. She collaborates with her daughter Devon Clarke and Mexican artist, Diana Garcia on #WhatWeLose, a life sized wheatpaste installation focused on extinction and climate justice in multiple countries.

Her Love Letters mural series, focused on stalking and harassment, launched in 2019 at CRUSH Walls before traveling to other cities and is the backbone of an upcoming multimediaexhibition #Stalked.

Shannon’s focus is always on social justice. Shannon believes art has the power to be revolutionary and to inspire. Public art should be focused on creating community and conversations so that communities can reclaim public space and come closer together for social change.

She has spoken at United Nations Human Rights Council, the Italian Parliament, National Geographic Headquarters and has given multiple TEDx talks. Her work with the first generation of female cyclists in Afghanistan was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a Fellow with the Royal Society of Artists and the Explorer’s Club. She has produced two documentary films and published two non-fiction books in addition to her work as an artist.

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