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.
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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.
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.
"It's imperative now more than ever, that we acknowledge and celebrate that each and every one of us (as different as we are) are the ones who truly make America great. Let's celebrate our diversity and individuality, to ensure that we're all treated equally in this great nation of ours" – @crystale for #WhatMakesAmericaGreat.
Graduating with a message
— CorneliaT (@CorneliaT123) May 12, 2017
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.
— James Barragán (@James_Barragan) May 29, 2017