Title: Protest. The Aesthetics of Resistance
Photographer(s): Various photographers
Writer(s): Various Contributors
Edited(s): Basil Rogger, Jonas Voegeli, Ruedi Widmer, Zurich University of the Arts, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Designer(s): Silvan Possa, Anna Marchini Camia, Meret Fischli
Publisher(s): Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich, Switzerland
Size: 16 x 24 cm
Print: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg, Altenburg, Germany
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: World
Protest. presents and reflects on present and past forms of protest and looks at marginalized communities’ practices of resistance from a wide variety of perspectives. The publication shows how protest draws on irony, subversion, and provocation from a position of powerlessness, for pricking small but palpable pinholes into the controlling system of rule.
“Make Love Not War,” “Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible,” “Keine Macht für Niemanden,” “We are the 99%”: The last decades have been accompanied by a constant flow of resistant statements and methods in view of the prevailing conditions. When something is able to reach from the margins of society into its very center, it forges ahead in the form of a protest. It masterfully and creatively draws on contemporary signs and symbols, subverting and transforming them to engender new aesthetics and meanings, thereby opening up a space that eludes control. Illustrated with expressive photographs and posters, Protest. considers social, culture-historical, sociological, and politological perspectives as well as approaches that draw on visual theory, popular culture, and cultural studies. In the process, the book takes into account in particular such contemporary developments as the virtualization of protest, how it has been turned into the fictional and its exploitation in politics by power holders of all shades.