Moments Of Resistance: How People Are Using Creative Expression To Protest

Michelle Farhang
Michelle is a San Francisco native working in advertising. Her 2017 resolution was to freeze more, so she decided to make the leap over to the east coast. In between her explorations of Manhattan, you can find her reading, Netflix-binging or attempting to teach herself how to play guitar.

Since Trump’s inauguration, there have been many instances of resistance seen in protests like the Women’s March, the airport protests when the Muslim Ban was announced, the March for Science and more.

Art has always been an outlet for commenting on cultural issues and political turmoil. In 2017, that tradition has continued to new bounds. People have been using creative expression as an outlet for their resistance during this uneasy political climate.

Drinking away sorrows…while actually making a difference.

Sneak peek! Mark on your calendars that we will open on April 14!

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Ravi DiRossi, who owns many well-known NYC bars like Amor y Amargo and Death & Co., opened his newest bar, Coup, on April 14 as a way to turn frustrations about the Trump administration into “something more positive” in the best way he knew how — opening a bar. While drinking and complaining naturally go hand-in-hand, the resistance-themed bar also gives customers the satisfaction of having 100 percent their purchase go toward organizations fighting the Trump administration.


Big art with a bigger message

Artists have created individual installations as commentary on political issues. The group Chim Pom created a USA Visitor Center treehouse at the border in Tijuana as a comment against Trump’s desire to build a wall.


Coming together

Individual artists such as Designers in Protest and the Creative Action Network, have come together in coalition, allowing artists and designers to use their expertise to create work that tell a story of resistance. The work can even be used at protests.

Y'all. Write your reps demanding an independent investigation of Trump's ties to Russia. Cause clearly… #trumprussia ✏: @andbaron

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Hey guys, lil reminder that #LoveTrumpsHate. Keep up the postcards and calls! ❤💜💙

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Today on #WorldRefugeeDay, we remember that #WeWereStrangersToo. Art by Casey Callahan, proceeds support @ADL_National.

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"Hear Our Voice” @brightpaperwerewolves's poster from the #WomensMarch, available on CAN.

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Graduating with a message

Graduates have also been using their grad caps as an opportunity to express their resistance through words, pictures and paintings. Many of the typical “Thanks, Mom and Dad!” caps have been swapped for messages supporting Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood and general resistance to the Trump administration.