Source: Oriana Eliçabe/Enmedio.info
The exhibition aims to showcase objects that have been created to effect grassroots political change and are often produced by non-professional makers.
They range from the pragmatics – such as ‘lock-on’ blockading devices designed to attach activists to protest sites – to the awareness raising – for example artist Carrie Reichartdt’s anti-death-penalty Tiki Love Truck.
The first part of the exhibition will look at activist-made objects related to four ways of protesting: direct action, speaking out, making worlds and solidarity.
This will include large shields used an UK anti-education-cuts protests in 2011 that were decorated to look like book covers, and a selection of hand-painted placards such as those used by Russian gay rights protestors.
The infrastructure of protest camps will be examined, with an inflatable assembly structure created by 123Occupy going on display, and the practicalities of building a movement will be demonstrated with a display showing how anti-Apartheid badge designs spread from South Africa to the rest of the world in the 1980s.
The final part of the exhibition will present a series of case studies of protest design from the 1970s onwards.
This will include Masasit Mati’s Web-based comedy series, which lampoons Syria’s Assad regime using finger-puppets, and the Barbie Liberation Front’s project to swap the voiceboxes of Barbie and Ken dolls to highlight gender stereotypes in children’s toys.
The space will be hung with banners drawn from protests around the world, including the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the UK and anti-nuclear protests in Japan.
The exhibition is curated by V&A prints curator Catherine Flood and visiting research fellow Gavin Grindon. Exhibition graphic design and marketing is being created by Barnbrook.
Disobedient Objects is at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7, from 26 July 2014-1 February 2015.