SOCIAL PROTEST is 457 individual protests in 279 photographs taken across 31 towns and cities in 8 countries with 5 signs in one year. This experience captured in 2013 is now an interactive limited edition art book exploring the power or pointlessness of protests today. Help me make it a reality, so you too can take part.
HISTORY: I started this travelling work in order to create a dialogue between the pedestrian and the online concerned citizen. I was inspired by political movements like the Social Protest in Jerusalem in Summer 2011 and Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring movement and artists like Gillian Wearing. My aim was to engage the everyday person asking strangers at random on the street in front of an iconic site, "If you could protest anything what would it be?" I then photographed each person who selected a colour to their message, and organised every photo by location, protest message, and colour. I uploaded images online and a dialogue continue there.
Now that I have collated all these photos and messages into this book. When you buy a copy you can take over the cover, take a photograph and share your message at www.facebook.com/socialprotest2013/
ART AND POLITICS: This 300 page book is sort of a survey checking in with the world. The information is beautifully displayed to allow you to do the data analysis and draw your own conclusions about world views, social movements or just humanity today. The book shows protests of everything from PEACE to the impossibility of owning your own penguin. There is humour, beauty, and some serious political statements too.
SOCIAL PROTEST is about freedom of expression, speech and the right to demonstrate, which is not a right in every country in the world and a right that is threatened regularly.
As an artist my aim is to inspire you, not just to learn what others are passionate about but also to provoke you to consider what is important to you.
SOCIAL PROTEST is interactive. Featuring a removable cover that can act as your protest sign, it also includes 31 postcards that you can write to share your protests with friends, family, neighbours or political representatives
This is not just a book; it's a game you can play, it's a platform for political, ethical conversations with friends/families and strangers.
It provides hard data you can analyse about the issues that are important in our world today. I designed it to be more then a coffee table book to encourage you to get involved!
FEATURING: Three essays by me- artist Julia Vogl , activist Lily Brent and writer Tom Jeffreys, exploring the role of protest today. The other 280 pages are photos. You will also find an index divided by location, by slogan and by theme. Although the photos are ordered by colour, you can read the book in any order you choose!
OWN A PIECE OF ART: The book is also a limited edition art object. With hand silkscreened cover by me. For a decade I have been dedicated to public art and made works internationally. Much of my work sits in the public realm or is temporary, now is your chance to own a piece of it.
SOCIAL PROTEST has been a labor of love. All contributions from participants including design by Michael Lum, and essays have been voluntary. Not to mention the year of travel, and time that I put in to making the project.
1) Every contribution will go to the printing and posting of the book.
2) I have come to Kickstarter because the book is about crowd sourcing public opinion, and what better way to reflect that in crowd source funding!
3) Funds will also go to sending the book to public collections so more people can enjoy it, continuing to make the project more accessible.
4) Here is your chance to own a piece of artwork that you can use!
5) Free speech should not be taken for granted, support as a way to empower yourself to take action!
The personal is the political in Vogl's dazzling artist-book, which is a colourful collective diary about our hopes and dreams, hardships and disappointments. Beautifully designed and produced, the publication is a banquet of ideas on which to feed, its hundreds of photographs suggesting rich stories, full of the flavour of the project's many participants.
- Sam Phillips, Editor of Royal Academy Magazine
A labour of love and lucidity to inspire others to strive for what they love in the world.
- Rebecca Swirsky, Writer and Critic
Social Protest shows us faces and voices from around the world we wouldn't see otherwise. Julia Vogl's project gives us a glimpse into the diverse passions and view points she has found on her travels.
-Alex Arnold, Photo Editor Travel+Leisure
Postcards- I love to think of postcards as the physical LIKE button on Facebook. Share your views with friends, family, local politicians the old fashioned way- or keep them as fun souvenirs on your real wall to inspire you. Everywhere I went I took a photo of just the signs at the location where I then interviewed people. I call them my Family portraits. The book includes 31 postcards one from each location. You can buy a sample pack of 5 as a first reward.
Poster- You can enjoy the image below as a 40x60 cm ( 16''x 23'') poster! While the protestor says little, the environment speaks volumes- right?
THE BOOK- Here is your chance to own the book.
PROTEST SIGNS- Want your own version of the 5 signs I took all over the world? You can have a complete set, hand made by me. Continue the project in your community!
PROTESTUNITY- Finally, if you are passionate about the right to express your self, free speech and public demonstration and have some funds to give, for £1000 I will join you with the signs at the protest of your choosing in 2017!
The video features: Lily Brent, Michael Lum, ....and Julia Vogl. Filming at Sonsoles Print Studio, PARK Communications, and the British Museum. Music was generously supplied by PRAQ! an amazing band featuring Guido Spannocchi Aleksandar Zaric July Skone check them out: http://praq.net
Video created by the talented Mika Ebbesen! THANK YOU!
Risks and challenges
Since 2013, this has been a labour of love. SOCIAL PROTEST has already overcome extreme weather conditions, oversized luggage requirements, skeptical security, and some really weird people. Now my largest risk is getting enough of you to support the project to get it printed and make it a reality that can be shared.
Once I get it printed my next challenge will be sending it off to collections, art shows and book fairs and getting it seen by more people not only as a book but an artwork. Your funds of not just the book but additional funds will aid in allowing me to send it off to more places to get seen.
I have been working toward the making of this book and the dissemination of it into the world for a couple of years now. In that time I have gotten lots of great advice, lots of contacts, and a great team to help me reach these goals, so I am confident SOCIAL PROTEST will prevail!
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