A group of artists led by the man who created the famous “Hope” poster featuring President Barack Obama, raised more than $1 million to create and print protest posters in time for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
“Eight years ago, the artist Shepard Fairey made the iconic image that captured a period of HOPE in America,” said a message on the Kickstarter page created by the Amplifier Foundation, which describes itself as “an art machine for social change.”
“Today we are in a very different moment, one that requires new images that reject the hate, fear, and open racism that were normalized during the 2016 presidential campaign,” the Amplifier Foundation continued. “So on Inauguration Day, We the People will flood Washington, D.C. with NEW symbols of hope.”
The posters, which include red, white, and blue images of black and Muslim women, were created by artists including Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal, who worked with photographers to “capture the shared humanity of our diverse America,” the Amplifer Foundation said.
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"It’s hard to encapsulate the complexity of what we’re facing, going into this Trump presidency, in three images. But we chose three groups that are vulnerable," Fairey told PBS. "In the history of the U.S., there are a lot of people who fled persecution from Europe on the basis of religious identities. The idea of championing the ideals of our forefathers and then limiting the movement of Muslims -- it’s so confounding that this is not riling more people up. And so it’s really time do some [work] that I think is a counterargument to that, and that’s not based on division but based on inclusion. We’ve seen where division has got us."
The campaign aims to take out full-page ads in the Washington Post to get its images to the general public.
“Our America is one of equal humanity that does not demean or discriminate,” says a spokesperson in the Kickstarter campaign video, according to Quartz. “These ideas are not partisan. They are the foundation of America, and on inauguration day, with your help, we will make sure everyone remembers them.”