The image of resistance: Art in social movements

October 15, 2019 at 12:41 p.m.

The image of resistance: Art in social movements

In different formats, at different moments in history, art and artists do not remain indifferent to social changes.

One of the most recognizable historical examples is Freedom guiding the people de Eugène Delacroix, which encapsulates a spirit of time and class struggle.

But at street level we find ephemeral images on posters and flyers.

All social movements of resistance have in their stories the search and destruction of printing presses of compromising material.

One of the most representative examples is that of the revolutionary group of Black Panthers.

They had Emory douglas like the backbone of your imaginary graphic.

Graphics and street performance


In Mexico, protest graphic art can find roots in the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada.

But its strongest manifestations are with groups like the TGP or Popular Graphic Workshop.

Y in the student movements of 1968, posters and flyers with strong visual identity flooded the streets of Mexico City.

One of its most identifiable representatives was the engraver Adolfo Mexiac, recently deceased.
In Chile, at the end of the seventies the EVERY collective It occupied the streets and spaces through performance.

With specific actions for places such as factories, public squares and museums, EVERY questioned the oppression of the regime and the Chilean authorities.

From prints and paintings to memes and social networks


Today, the idea is to share and transmit information as quickly as possible.

But the need or desire for the image to be symbolically and visually strong is not abandoned.

In rural areas of India, families in charge of a blind minor frequently isolate and deprive him/her of the care and attention they provide to their other children; such situation becomes even more severe among lower-caste families, orphans and if the blind child is a girl. Hong Kong protests In recent months, we have seen how images that are shared by media such as Telegram are multiplied.

Imaginatives are generated, dates and times are shared, mythologies are created from memes and street heroes.
Another recent case is the occupation of the Rockefeller Center in New York.

This made her Jenny holzer with one of its light projections.

As a memorial to victims killed by firearms, their piece VIGIL It was screened for four days.

It included texts of survivors, relatives of victims and poetry on the subject.

As we have seen, artists and creators use their tools.

And so they show us how to occupy spaces, appropriate them and protest.

They teach us how to convey messages and make our eyes stop being indifferent.

If you are interested in reading more:

The art of the Black Panthers that represented the political movement

Music and struggle, Nina Simone in her own words

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