Group Show | Iconography of Revolt

City Gallery, Wellington

This show considers the ways artists, filmmakers, and designers have explored and contributed to the iconography of revolt.

It excavates history, from Varvara Stepanova’s Bolshevik sportswear from the 1920s to Emory Douglas’s Black Panther newspaper graphics from the late 1960s and 1970s. It also features Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez’s harrowing collage documentary, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y(1997), which explores the romantic heyday of airplane-hijacking revolutionaries through the eyes of the media.

Australian artist Marco Fusinato creates industrial enlargements of news photos of the decisive moment in riots, when a protagonist brandishes a rock against a backdrop of fire. He also invites well-known graphic designers to remake a historic protest banner in their own distinct styles.

Dress code is crucial. Los Angeles-based artist Jemima Wyman explores the rhetoric of camouflage and masks, via the Zapatistas and Anonymous. In their trademark balaclavas, Russian punk band Pussy Riot are whipped by Cossack militia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for singing ‘Putin will teach you how to love the motherland’. Plus, there’s a promotional video for the London fashion label Maharishi’s ‘Viet-Afghan Coalition’ collection.

Also featured: Jean-Luc Godard, Giovanni Intra and Michael Parekōwhai, Oliver Maxwell, Dane Mitchell, Muslimgauze, Michael Stevenson, and Rosemarie Trockel.

Image: Jemima Wyman Combat Drag: Lessons in Unlimited Expansion 2008

Date/Time
Date(s) - 28/07/2018 - 18/11/2018
All Day