Photo: Nicolas Descottes, all rights reserved
TOOLS FOR SOCIAL DISOBEDIENCE
Throughout history, civilizations have been organized with laws to guarantee a certain social order.
But the change of this order and the adaptation to the new realities are part of the human condition.
Therefore, social disobedience manifests in a more or less obvious way on a regular basis in all societies.
“Created the law, created the trap”
Disobedience is very common, but almost always associated with negative connotations. Disobeying, breaking the rules, always seems to be a small revolution against common peace.The revolutionaries and the revolutionaries are considered criminals by the status quo that governs privileged classes. Popular revolts often express themselves with violence, although this is often exaggerated, magnified or invented, to justify the intervention of “the forces of order”, of immobility.
However, the social movements that pacifists have used to change unjust situations are countless. Fight against racism, xenophobia, in favor of the rights of women and of humanity; all of them were initially understood as an attack, but afterwards preceived as a normality.
This exhibition aims to reflect on some forms used by society for social disobedience, a global vision through the eyes of committed artists. It is divided into 6 parts, treated in a more or less photographic way, due to the nature of our space dedicated to documentary image:
Philosophy: the thoughts, the questioning without which you can not progress logically. The first step to awaken disobedience. This part is not presented visually, but through scheduled chats with philosophers about social issues, which aim at social change through collective reflection.
Paper: the traditional means for transmitting of ideas that can be revolutionary. Victim of censorship and testimony of the convulsed past. Magalí Avezou, a specialist in artist’s publications, self-publishing and book scenery, will be in charge of presenting a selection of international “disobedient” publications.
Photography: the undeniable means to denounce unjust realities. It is not uncommon for the camera to “shoot”. The photograph as a representation, documenting the human body as the first territory of the struggle: hunger strikes, or physical presence in acts of disobedience.Nicolas Descottes, a French photographer with a work that reflects on the actions of collective disobedience and the visual strength of these, will give shape in this section.
The mobile phone: Tanit Plana, visual artist committed to revealing invisible realities, presents the mobile phone as a democratic tool for disobedience. A display traditionally linked to control over users and users of this, stigmatized as a symbol of consumerism. The re-reading of this as a tool of denunciation, a testimony that shows the abuses of power of the authorities and that highlights injustices. An element of connection of the society within the networks to realize actions of disobedience and of transmission of these.
Inventory of artefacts: The Enmedio collective will provide a range of unimaginable possibilities that have been used in acts of civil disobedience and protest: reflective buckets, banners, reflective yellow stones or jackets.
Songs: Songs of protest, revolutionary slogans, slogans sung in the demonstrations. Many of them have remained forever integrated in our culture. Letters and hymns that have encouraged masses of people to disobedience. We could consider the songs as an agitating tool for disobedience.
Artists of local and international scope will provide this exhibition with a collective vision, aiming to empower the visitor.