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              Social and Political Protest Art                     Artists and activists produce artwork that reflects social and political movements. These works are created purposefully and skillfully and are used to send out important messages. Posters, photographs, signs, banners, and street art are just a few of the mediums used to display these important messages. Some individuals also use installations and performances to convey their purpose. Social and political protest art is used universally and is aimed to influence large audiences. This exhibition was created to represent protest artwork from many different countries. Each of these pieces will have the underlying theme of political and social protest, however, each piece of art will display its message in a unique manner.                          

This is a printed piece of artwork consisting of ten different prints of maps that show countries affected by political issues. It was created by Carlos Motta. Some of these countries will be included in the following exhibit, while others will not. I have included this piece to show the universality of political conflict.
This artwork was created by Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo in 2013. They are graffiti artists that have become major influences in Brazil. The subject of their street art includes social and political circumstances in Sao Paulo. The Brazilian pixacao movement has been influential on their artwork.
Wonder Full was created in 1983 by Pat Hanly. It is a painting that consists of large symbols and bold coloration. The artwork is representing a utopian ideal, with joy, love, and harmony. This work was created after Hanly's self-discovery following friction in New Zealand. In 1981, there were social divisions and battles between protesters and police. There was also a lot of racial tension. This painting is protesting those negative ideas while promoting peace and harmony.
This is a poster created by David Tartakover. He uses his posters to reflect his freedom of speech in Israel. Many of his posters reflect the politics of his society. This particular poster uses bold, yet simple elements to get the point across. In this poster, there is a bomb and red colors to represent violence. Gaza - Stop the Madness! Stop the War! was created as a protest to the violence in the Gaza Strip.
This is a poster created by Eduardo Arroyo. It is a simple portrait-outline of a man with a prominent mustache. The red color used in this composition stands out against the off-white background. Eduardo Arroyo is known for caricaturist-like figures that are based on an underlying socio-political theme. They are reflective of his role in society. This particular poster shows Pierre de Coubertin, the “father of the modern Olympic games”.
This is a poster created by the Hunger Strikers Committee South African History Archive in 1989. This poster uses bold colors and simple imagery to project the message. There is a figure standing behind bars with a raised arm. The text reads, "FREE ALL DETAINEES : LIFT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY". This is protesting the detainment of individuals and is suggesting that they be freed.
This is a poster entitled "MASS MEETING : TORTURE IN DETENTIONS". It displays a man standing behind bars, holding one in his hand. It seems he has a black eye, and may be missing an ear. There is a large padlock on the front of the bars, showing he is locked in. The poster was created for the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
This is a painting created by Yongsun Suh in 1987. The painting is broken up into three different sections. In the larger section on the left, a man with seemingly great importance sits before two bloody individuals. There are four other men standing around them. In the smaller pictures on the right, there are more bloody people. This painting was created after Gyeyoojungran . Gyeyoojungran was an incident where relatives were murdered while fighting for political power. This artist aims to deliver political messages through each of his paintings. This painting may be protesting the vulgar happenings that occurred in politics at this time.
A Manuela se le arranco el cabello is a paiting that was produced in 1989 by Patricia Israel. In this painting there is a figure holding what seems to be a sword. This is representing the theme of exile, which is carried out through many of her other paintings. Her work represents protest of the Chilean military. She describes beauty as, "something more than color, material, and form. Beauty is in love, in justice, in respect for nature."
This is a painting on canvas created by Robert Campbell. The twelve small circles each represent something unique, while together they tell the story of Australian history. Of the lower four frames, it is the one with the burning of the mission houses that represents a piece of protest art. Within this circle, a protest is being made about substandard conditions. It shows protest as a major part of Australian history.
This is a poster created by He Jianping in 2009. This piece is representing two men that are connected to each other. It is being used to represent the break-up of the political deadlock between China and Taiwan. The title is "love" because the poster is suggesting that love can bring China and Taiwan together. This is protesting the political deadlock and, instead, is showing the two linked together forever.
This piece of art was created with oil on cardboard. The author is Petronele Gerlikiene, and it was produced in 1976. In this piece, there are three individuals. They are surrounding a tall black object that has three red dots above it. The author of this painting lost everything in war, including her home and family members. The black object in the middle is actually a pilgrims cane, which represents wandering. She uses her painting to protest the war and show what it has done to her family.
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