• Resistance, Protest, Resilience


February 2 – May 20, 2018

Photography has often served as a powerful agent for those who are not equipped with political power, providing them with an important outlet to fight against injustice and inequality. A single photograph, if well circulated via media, has served well to raise awareness of such phenomena.

Every day, we find ourselves awash in images of protest and conflict, both around the world and close to home. Some are the work of professionals for news media, while others are created by bystanders with iPhones. These photographs come to us almost in real time. The images are complicated. They need to be carefully considered. The impact and meaning of an image depends greatly on who took a photograph and why, and where and how it is presented. The identity and background of the person looking at the images is also key to determining the messages that the images might convey. Whose voices do they represent? What motivated the photographers to take them? What were the circumstances?

This exhibition of over forty photographs from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art presents images of resistance, protest, and resilience from select twentieth-century movements and events that triggered important social and political changes. Pushing against nostalgia, these pictures of the Civil Rights Movement, Iranian Revolution, and 1984 Democratic National Convention renew the question of narrative construction in documentary photography, and suggest their relevance to today’s conflicted, image-saturated world.

This exhibition is a modified version of the 2016 exhibition organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and curated by Dr. Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Its presentation in Milwaukee aligns with 200 Nights of Freedom, a broad community-driven initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Fair Housing Marches.



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