The Art of Protest

How does one illustrate protest? How do artists express activism? These key questions are at the centre of a new book published by Palazzo and edited by Jo Rippon, in collaboration with Amnesty International. Available on 28th November 2019, The Art of Protest historically traces visual depiction of social protest.

Moving fluidly between the early 20th century, the 1960s and 1970s to contemporary, social media activism, this remarkable book showcases hundreds of images, posters, illustrations, which cover history-changing campaigns such as AIDS activism, climate change protests, women’s liberation, nuclear disarmament, civil rights, refugee rights, and LGBTQ activism.

It features iconic posters from world-renowned artists, as well as spontaneous illustrations from short-lived print collectives and activists on the ground. Each poster is accompanied by a short text that explains its context and explores how creative defiance can be extremely impactful and challenge those who seek to deny people their rights to peace and equality.

Notable contributions include a foreword by contemporary artist and activist Anish Kapoor who said: “the images in this book are a compendium of the will to a voice. Collectively they declare a refusal to be looked at or judged from the outside.”

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. It campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Featuring a rich collection of more than 100 protest posters, The Art of Protest dived into the archives of the eminent charity. Illustrations from celebrated household names as well as ephemera from unknown talents including artists Alain Carrier, Seymour Chwast, Carlos A. Cortéz, Fierce Pussy, Favianna Rodriguez, Klaus Staeck make for a fantastic title.