Protest Art 2020

Art influences politics as surely as politics influence art.

Protest art is sweeping the country as new artistic forms capture the instability of the moment and call for change.

Unrest and mass protest are producing striking images to express the tragedy and hope of this unprecedented moment. Visual art, photography, street art, and dance are erupting as spontaneous forms of powerful expression.

Caught between a global pandemic and the struggle for human rights, contemporary protest art is an expression of the pain of the past and present with hope for the future.

These are the most striking images I could find online, compiled here to let the pictures do the talking. I have given credit with links where I could find it. If you can add to the credits, please do so in the comments.

There is tragedy here, and hope. I’m rooting for hope.

Ballerinas Kennedy George, 14, and Ava Holloway, 14, pose in front of a monument of Confederate general Robert E. Lee after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered its removal after widespread civil unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Richmond, Va., on June 5.
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 05: People walk down 16th street after volunteers, with permission from the city, painted “Black Lives Matter” on the street near the White House on June 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. After seven days of protests in DC over the death of George Floyd, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has renamed that section of 16th street “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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Diamond Lee of Washington, helps her son Jaylen, 4, look at signs hanging on a police fence at 16th and H Street, on June 9, 2020, near the White House.Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Signs and artwork cover a fence outside the White House.

A view of Jose Castro’s recent Black Lives Matter mural—with a portrait of George Floyd at center—located at the entryway to the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. (Photo by Karla Kane)

BANSKY from The Art of Protest Gallery
George Floyd - minneapolis, usa, uk, germany, spain
A mural dedicated to George Floyd and many others who have been killed by law enforcement in Minneapolis. Credit: Munshots on Unsplash

Heroic minimum wage earners, part of a series by Edith Vonnegut
Artist illustration inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, George Floyd's murder and protests
Fourteen California artists react to the killing of George Floyd, protests over police brutality and the issue of race in today’s America. From the LA Times.

Published by Mary Petiet

Mary Petiet is an author, poet, and freelance writer. She is the author of Minerva’s Owls, and her poetry collection Moon Tide is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2020.  A frequent contributor to a variety of publications, Mary works as a freelance reporter and content writer for clients in the US and the Netherlands. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, she currently divides her time between Cape Cod and the Netherlands.

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