President Donald Trump is giving artists in America and around the world fresh inspiration at a time when many argue that freedom of the press is under siege, academic freedom is under threat, scientific independence is under assault, the Constitution is being undermined, and Civil Rights are endangered.
Emile Zola observed: “If you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I, an artist, would say, I came to live out loud.”
Artists in America and around the world are living out loud.
Here is a look at the Art of Resistance in the Trump era:
The New Yorker
February 13 & 20, 2017
92nd Anniversary Issue
The New Yorker noted:
Under more ordinary circumstances, the cover of the issue for February 13 and 20, 2017—our Anniversary Issue, marking ninety-two years—would feature some version of Rea Irvin’s classic image of the monocled dandy Eustace Tilley. This year, as a response to the opening weeks of the Trump Administration, particularly the executive order on immigration, we feature John W. Tomac’s dark, unwelcoming image, “Liberty’s Flameout.” “It used to be that the Statue of Liberty, and her shining torch, was the vision that welcomed new immigrants. And, at the same time, it was the symbol of American values,” Tomac says. “Now it seems that we are turning off the light.”
February 4, 2017
Edel Rodriguez came to the United States from Cuba as a political refugee in 1980. Like many immigrants, he was angered by President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.
“I was 9 years old when I came here, so I remember it well, and I remember the feelings and how little kids feel when they are leaving their country,” Rodriguez said. “I remember all that, and so it bothers me a lot that little children are being kept from coming to this country.”
Unlike most immigrants, however, Rodriguez channeled his anger into a piece of art that is now on the cover of one of the world’s leading magazines.
“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” Rodriguez said, noting that the Statue of Liberty represents the United States’ history of welcoming immigrants. “And clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison” between the Islamic State and Trump. “Both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.”
This is not the first time that Trump has been caricatured beheading Lady Liberty.
When Trump first called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, in December of 2015, the New York Daily News depicted him in a front page sketch, standing over the decapitated statue, wielding a large sword, and holding up the severed head.
New York Daily News
December 9, 2015
Everyone who wants to can now tap their muse, unleash their inner creativity, release some stress, and have a few laughs through that most digital art of The Trump Era: The Meme.
A new project on GitHub lets anyone draft an Executive Order for President Trump to sign.
The executive-order generator is easy to use. It features a photograph of the President sitting at his desk in the Oval Office and holding up a signed, blank Executive Order. The instructions encourage you to “Click me. Edit me. Make me horrifying.”. Choose your text. Make your meme. Take a screencap. Post away. Share it with family and friends.
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