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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Protest: Fight the Power

If you live in Bradford, do make time to visit the excellent exhibition of political poster in the University Atrium Building, Richmond Road. It features great art and protest banners from over the last 50 years.

What strikes me is how unusual it is. In South America, you see 'street politics' everywhere, but in the UK, it is hardly a feature in our public realm.

Thought provoking and political art, from Anti-war campaigns to Banksi, needs to be celebrated and discussed - not torn down or painted over. This exhibition certainly makes you think - and includes shocking images from both left and right (I'd never seen the anti-Che posters before!) - But it makes me think that a progressive society should be able to wear it's politics on it's sleeve.

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