The exhibition focuses on protest in the time period from the late 70s until now and the political situations, which caused major changes to the world as we know it today. The exhibition holds objects that were used in significant protests like signs and shields, which were printed on and were used against the police force to avoid getting hit by teargas grenades for example. There was even an explanation on how the shields were made and what was required to make them strong enough. There were also signs with political messages on them, which I really liked like this one saying ‘i wish my boyfriend was as dirty as your policies’. It was made by a student for the protest against raising the university fees to £9000 a year.
Next to these items, the show also hosted carefully woven banners, one of which was about 15 metres long and hung up on the exhibition wall as well as a collection of button badges with political messages and signs of revolution on them.
One thing that i thought was really interesting was a stamp, which was designed to go onto English banknotes and it addresses the unfairness of the distribution of wealth between the people and the average income growth in the UK since 1975. you could stamp this onto a bank note and it would fit perfectly around the queens head. sadly i did not have a banknote with me at the time, so i just stamped a piece of paper, which i took home.
The exhibition also held a car, decorated for a protest completely in orange with skulls, bones, tiles, masks shells and messages. It was called “TIKKI LOVE TRUCK”.
There was also a double bike, self-built, with speakers and space for a laptop in the middle.
The main focus point, however was a very well cut and put together video with footage of famous protests, which changed political situations for ever. The 1989 Tiananmen square protest played a big role in that video. This was a protest in China, where the people were calling for democracy on the famous square in front of Mao’s temple. The protestors built a 30 foot wooden sculpture of the soviet kolkhoz woman, which was destroyed by a tank in the government assault that killed hundreds of protestors. Now this sculpture is an international sign for the struggle for democracy and many replicas exist.