In an era marked by power imbalances, global upheaval and disaster, we often find ourselves in conflict with the institutions, which are supposed to represent our interests and secure our freedom. This conflict between institutions of power and ordinary people is most visible and most tangible through the actions of protest movements, past and present. These protest movements give voice to the concerns of the governed, confront people with concrete choices, and bring a discourse of resistance and hope to the mainstream.
This project aims to represent various political ideals, tactics, and specific political goals of contemporary resistance movements. These 45 symbols function as visual metaphors and act as a sort of of ‘list of demands’ and as a declaration of human rights by those resisting dominant powers in the 21st century. Movements of resistance assert that another world is, in fact, possible and these 45 symbols serve to advocate on behalf of that belief.
Alex Thrift is a senior graphic design student at the University of Houston. While she enjoys and appreciates many aspects of design, she especially values educational and thought provoking design. She believes that design can create a framework for social change, and admires its capacity to empower, encourage critical thinking, and inspire hope.