The V&A is previewing its new show Disobedient Objects this morning.
About the items used in protest.
It’s a super subversive show, important for the V&A at a time when it’s also displaying the passivity of wedding dresses or the glamour of Italian fashion.
A badge from the Act Up AIDS protests of New York from 1986-87.
Sketches from Avram Finkelstein’s notebook for the logo design.
The pink triangle refers to the badges given to gay men in Nazi concentration camps.
Fascinating to see in this era of Truvada.
A T-shirt worn at the protests.
Another – there’s a whole cabinet of them at the show.
Hi, Teen Talk Barbie.
She’s the spokes doll of the B.L.O.
Basically Teen Talk Barbie means they B.L.O. swapped Barbie voice boxes with G.I. Joes, then put them back in boxes and on the shop floor.
Donate your voice to me, Barbie.
Apparently in 1993 they did corrective surgery on around 300-500 dolls that were sent out to stores.
The video comes from an NBC news report.
A protest flag from New York in 2011.
Yay the Guerrilla Girls!
A slingshot made from the tongue of a child’s shoe, from Palestine in 2001.
A dwarf hat from Poland in 1988.
Protest was banned, so The Orange Alternative staged surreal happenings, with 10,000 protesters dressed as dwarfs, chanting “we are the dwarves”.
Elsewhere in the show is a badge for Solidarność.
A protest newspaper from when Wapping first opened.
An anti-Putin protest sign from an LGBT rally in 2012, protesting against his proposed standing for a third term as president.
It translates as “We Won’t Give It To Putin A Third Time”.
A rice bag T-shirt worn by a Korean farmer protesting at the 2005 World Trade Organisation, opposing the corporate globalisation of food markets promoted by the WTO.
A Bust Card from the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group in 1979, giving advice of what to do and say, or not to do and say, if arrested.
Super good stuff.
The show’s free, by the main entrance. It opens on Saturday, on until 1 February 2015, click here etcetcetc.