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Dressed For Dissent, lights off

Dressed for Dissent
Wood, rice paper, Plexiglas, gouache, archival marker, and LEDs

11x27.5x3"

2017

 

Fashion has often been an important component of protest, as images of protesters can symbolize a movement.  Suffragettes in England and the US would wear conservative, practical clothing to show their respectability and strength. Leaders of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s followed in their footsteps, encouraging suits in public appearances.  Meanwhile, Gandhi urged his followers to wear only home-spun cotton to protest unfair textile laws in India.  Today, protest movements use printed T-shirts, colors, and specific symbolic garments to convey their message and create visual unity.

 

Dressed For Dissent, Lights On

 
           
        All images Copyright 2017, Melanie Kehoss