Protests and demonstrations are a crucial part of any society. They are also an integral part of any movement, and they have been the impetus for massive social change throughout history. Every single victory in the realm of civil rights (for women, LGBTQ folks and people of color) has been hard won at least in part thanks to grassroots protest movements. The history of protest, however, is at the same time a history of state and police overreaction - attempts to quash dissent often take the form of violence, even when the protests themselves are peaceful. Protests take many forms: sit-ins, “die-ins” (in the case of ACT-UP, pictured), kiss-ins (used primarily by the LGBTQ community), marches, strikes, direct action and civil disobedience, to name a few. The SVA Pictures Collection folder Protest & Demonstration is large and weighty, much like the history of its subject matter. Packed with images of protests both local and international, successful and less so, the folder is a powerful resource for image-based research and reference.
Dec 05 2017