The Victoria & AlbertMuseum is hosting the exhibition Disobedient Objects until the 1st of February 2015. The objects of protest created by political movements, active all over the world, have become real works of art and design. These instruments of social change demonstrate how political activism drives design and creativity, so becoming an enormous cultural wealth.
Disobedient Objects takes us back in time and enables us to travel from the Seventies to the present day. The route takes us through numerous social changes, political challenges and the arrival of new technologies, Most of the artefacts are on loan from groups of activists from all over the world. These disobedient objects are all different from each other, ranging from simple protest banners against the first Gulf War, to the web comedy realised as a protest against the Assad regime in Syria. There are banners that ask Japan to abandon nuclear power and also improvised gas masks from the protestors in the recent street demonstrations in Istanbul. Each piece is accompanied by a statement by those who made it, explaining how and why it was created.
This exhibition celebrates social disobedience that gives rise to creative revolution, and demonstrates how those who, courageously, call the rules into question can also defy the most limited resources and create pieces of unusual design that recount the stories and the processes of social transformation.