“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” By Nicholas Klein, address to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Baltimore, 1914.
This the fist words you will see when you visit Disobedient Objects, disobedient objects was an important key role in the cultures, no matter western or eastern countries, no matter Capitalist society or Communist society. From the late’ 70s to the present, although people who make those designs are not commercial designers, and even worked under duress with limited resources, they still did many amazing design and influenced the society and culture to saved more people who also oppressed.
Here are some handmade posters that against police, they think “It was necessary to speak truth to power.”. Social movements find out they should engaging tactically with the media, or finding ways to circumvent it and speak directly.
Rice Bag T-SHIRT (2005)
Thousands of Asian people get together in HongKong, and demand control of local food systems and policies and opposed the corporate globalisation of food markets promoted by the WTO. Some of them wore T-shirts made by rice bags, to show their opinion. It is really interesting to see people use normal material but shows a totally different meaning, this also could be a “new fashion”.
Inflatable Cobblestones (By Eclectic Electric Collective, in Berlin and Barcelona, 2012)
This is a really attractive exhibit, because when you walk by, you will really confused about why there is a sexy lady’s body with a gorilla head. Actually, when I first saw the exhibit, the gorilla mask is the first thing that I saw. Then I find out this exhibit is called Guerrilla Girls, they are a bunch of feminist artists set out to expose sexism, racism and corruption in the art world. They wear gorilla masks, and describe themselves as, ‘feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batmen’. They try to use a funny and memorable way to make people laugh, think and then may makes them change their minds.
Tiki Love Truck (London and Texas, 2007)
There actually has a video near the truck, and it keeps shows how the artist make this unique truck. Even this truck looks a little bit scared to me, it still means a lot to against the death penalty. The man mask in the front of the truck is a person called John Joe ‘Ash’ Amador, who was sentenced to death by the state of Texas. So his friend British artist Carrie Reichardt and his family made this truck to commemorate his death. It is totally a new way that to show people’s death not as normal tombstones only have a white stone square, but has bright orange color, baby and skull to decorated the Truck.
All exhibits here had help human make a big step to changed the unfair society being better, because many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today were won by disobedience.