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For those of us on the left, and in the center, and anyone who recognizes the dangers of President-elect Donald Trump, it’s going to be a long four years filled with protest. And if we’re going to protest continuously for four years, we might as well keep it aesthetically interesting.
Fortunately, some artists have begun rising to the task of offering free, downloadable, original protest images that can be used as flyers or signs, or on buttons, stickers, and T-shirts. One hub is the website Hair on Fire, organized by Brooklyn artists Lee Boroson, Laura Parnes, and Kirsten Hassenfeld. It seems relatively new, but is off to a good start. There’s a work by Zoe Beloff that looks like a sort of cross between socialist realism and John Heartfield’s political photomontages; a caustically punny piece by Tali Hinkin; strong text pieces by Jen Liu and Guy Richards Smit; and more. Hair on Fire includes links for buying supplies like sticker paper and has a sister site where the sale of donated artworks benefits the ACLU.
Another Brooklyn artist, Crys Yin, has launched her own site, Lost and Found Resistance. There she’s posting images of an ongoing series based on lost-and-found posters; the clever drawings feature such lost and missing “items” as “the future of our planet” and “black lives.” The only thing found thus far is “resistance.”
Making your artwork available for free is an inspiring act of solidarity and generosity. If you know of other artists doing so, let us know.
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