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Adam Broomberg Launches Poster Campaign Protesting the “Rising Right”

The day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Adam Broomberg, an artist and professor at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, recalls sitting in a classroom surrounded by his students in a state of shock. In response to the “rise of the right wing across Germany, Europe, and elsewhere,” the class began working to design banners, posters, T-shirts, and slogans that will be shared across various media to protest xenophobia, misogyny, racism, and intolerance.

“Everyone is beginning to feel the effects on their daily lives,” Broomberg wrote in a manifesto. “The general mood of anxiety and alienation is palpable. More ominously, there is a feeling that the threat of violence is imminent.” In response, they decided to create a forum for resistance.

The project, titled “Hands Off Our Revolution,” invites submissions from across the world. Broomberg told artforum.com that his students, who come from countries such as Turkey, Belarus, Armenia, China, and Japan, share “collective memories of state-sponsored trauma,” and that the threat of right wing politics “seems too close for comfort.”

For more details, see the “Hands Off Our Revolution” site here. James Welling’s submission to the poster campaign is also featured in artforum.com’s “Mourning After” series.

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