By combining nuclear expertise and artistic expression, Bombshelltoe highlights the humanity in nuclear policy to resonate with people who currently feel disengaged.
By pairing nuclear policy experts and artists together to present nuclear-related topics through insightful and beautiful modes of art and narrative, the Bombshelltoe Policy x Arts Collective explores how nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament policies are connected to today's most pressing local and global issues.
Bombshelltoe Founder: Lovely Umayam
Reshaping Our Nuclear Narratives
I am interested in the ways in which nuclear policy and activism can overlap with the act of being creative.
The word ‘nuclear’ tends to unleash predictable, deeply conditioned visions and reactions – most commonly the image of the mushroom cloud – the universal symbol of catastrophic destruction. I spoke at Poptech to introduce unfamiliar or forgotten images of the nuclear dilemma with a goal of shifting the dialogue from fear to one of inspiration, curiosity, resilience and creation.
WAYS OF KNOWING
A Navajo Nuclear Histories Project
Bombshelltoe is exploring how Navajo storytelling has been passed through generations for empowerment and survival. These stories help communities overcome the mental and physical trauma of living near uranium mines, many of which are still left abandoned and contaminated. Ways of Knowing seeks to revive these forgotten and silenced narratives, framing “nuclear” as a deeply personal experience that intersects with social justice today.
A collaboration with curator Adriel Luis, filmmaker Kayla Briët, photographer Carmille Garcia, and Navajo community members.
THE COLOR CURTAIN PROJECT
A reflection on nuclear disarmament and the meaning of Afro-Asian solidarity
In April 1955, twenty-nine Asian and African countries gathered in Bandung, Indonesia to take stock of the geopolitical dynamics at the time, and to forge a new coalition denouncing racism, colonialism, and nuclear war. Over sixty years later, the Bandung Conference remains an overlooked historical artifact, but its themes, achievements, and shortcomings still reverberate today. To honor and reflect on the intricate connections between past and present, Bombshelltoe along with NY- and DC-based scholars and artists began The Color Curtain Project, a series of dinner parties and art book presentations that convene individuals of African- and Asian-American identities for constructive dialogue.
A collaboration with Foreign National, Combing Cotton Co., Google, and Eaton Workshop
FIELDS OF FUNGUS & SUNFLOWERS
How will something begin to grow after nuclear war?
A journey into how humans, plants, and animals survive after a nuclear accident or war. In some cases, it is possible to pick up the pieces and rebuild. In others, homes are contaminated, families are displaced, and wildlife mutate and adapt over generations. At the heart of the book is a poem written by Adriel Luis about the resilient properties of mushrooms to grow despite destruction, and their uncanny abilities to absorb radiation.
A collaboration with Passenger Pigeon Press.
Features & Partnerships
Bombshelltoe collaborates with various institutions to present creative entry-points for the public to participate in nuclear policy discourse.
Merging Creativity and Policy Analysis
N Square Innovator’s Fellowship
Bombshelltoe founder joins the 2018 - 2019 N Square Innovation Fellowship — a talented group of artists, scientists, technologists, and nuclear policy experts tasked to create multi-disciplinary projects to advance nuclear security.
We Need to Talk...About the Bomb
Conversation @ the Einstein Forum
On February 21-22, 2019, Bombshelltoe will share stories on how to navigate and merge the policy and art worlds to encourage public awareness and education about today’s nuclear threats.
Nukes x Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Bombshelltoe introduced RISD industrial design students to the fundamentals of nuclear policy, so that they could design new concepts to educate the public about nuclear risk.
Showing Women’s Impact on Nuclear Issues
Foreign Policy Interrupted
With Foreign Policy Interrupted (FPI), Bombshelltoe founder Lovely explained the challenges of being a woman of color in the nuclear security field. Lovely is currently an FPI fellow!
Bombshelltoe on Instagram
Think beyond mushroom clouds -- a social media experiment to redefine what “nuclear” means by showcasing art, music, and other ephemera that contextualizes what it means to live in a nuclear world.
A collection of writings about culture and policy
A writer’s journey to stand up against the baddest of the bad: nukes
Going to the Fifth Dimension to escape our nuclear reality isn’t easy…
How an Astronaut Shaped Nuclear Policy