What is the scope and impact of protest art? As Adorno famously wrote, ‘all art is an uncommitted crime’, meaning that art challenges the status quo by its very nature. Thus it can be argued that all art is political in the sense that it takes place in a public space and engages with an already existing ideology and dominant discourse. Yet, art can often become dangerously and explicitly political and serve as a powerful weapon.
Throughout the history of social movements and social revolt, art has always reacted against oppression, violence, injustice, and inequalities. Addressing socio-political issues and challenging the traditional boundaries and hierarchies imposed by those in power, art can open up space for the marginalized to be seen and heard and contribute to the social change by producing knowledge and solidarity or simply raising awareness.
In this way, the personal life and work of the artist transcends the individual and speak meaningfully to a larger audience bringing together the political and human functions of art. Below is a compilation of some of the pieces of art that brilliantly exposes the less spoken issues in society.
1. Child soldiers denied toys and handed guns.
2. Discrimination against self-expression.
3. Inside the dirty world of money for money.
4. The rise in innocent child murders.
5. Nudity the new brand promoting the market.
6. Democracy as a tool of human rights violations.
7. Sexual harassment among vulnerable teens.
8. The power of a woman.
9. Religious discrimination of sexes.
10. The plight of the disabled in face of discrimination.
11. Modern-day slavery.
12. Men bound to be controlled by women.
13. Its all about popping the pills.
14. Third world war, a ticking time bomb.
15. A devil in an angel’s body.
16. Sexual exploitation for celebrity status.
17. Man eat man society.
18. Sexual slavery.
19. An irony of religion in an impoverished society.
20. Social media in power control.
21. Children, naive and easily controlled.
22. Homophobia intolerance and hate.
23. Sexual harassment against females.
24. Love brewed over social celebrity status quo.
25. Teenager’s life run by social media.