When protest art comes out of the shadows
With the ending of two major elections; the Australian federal election and Eurovision, we are seeing incredible slogans, rhetoric and nationalism competing for varying agendas. No longer are we disseminating messages from giant funded signs, billboards and TV commercials, but on a grassroots level too.
Political art has a huge history from Picasso’s Guernica (1937) to David Alfaro Siqueiros and Ai Weiwei on the prestigious side to hit and run artists like Banksy using community walls and installation pieces to form social consciousness and create networks and create a direct call for social change. It has made huge impacts when the sheer image of a raised fist or wearing a pink beanie has entered the cultural zeitgeist and can be read by most people.
Because of the low cost and relative anonymity, we are seeing more groups take an active role promoting protest art in the political discourse. This isn’t just happening in gentrified inner-city areas, this is happening in suburban, middle class communities too. Maybe it is exposure to world news, greater access to tertiary education or younger and diverse communities, but we are seeing more people engage as others become indifferent to it.
Well I for one voted for Kodos (Simpsons reference), here is a gallery of fantastic examples of protest art I have seen plastered around Sydney and suburbia.
*Images & Text by Culture Redux. Video by The Simpsons Youtube