The global poster campaign Time For Outrage! is a response to the book of the same name by Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013). This short but sharp missive remembers his time in the French Resistance and the ideals that fought to preserve but also calls on people to take back their rights that are jeopardised today. In response to our era-defining paralysing apathy, Hessel tells us that “the worst attitude is indifference”.
Agit-prop artwork will appear on walls in Berlin, Athens, Moscow, Istanbul, Mexico City and New York City. Great Eastern Wall Gallery features work by Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Cooper Clarke, Laure Prouvost, Linder Sterling, Robert Montgomery, Kendell Geers and John Isaacs. Alteria Art, who are co-ordinating the whole project passionately believe that art is integral to protest.
Jake and Dinos Chapman are presenting one of their recurrent banner displays California Über-Alles. The project takes its name from Dead Kennedys’ classic punk song and is a provocative juxtaposition of emblematic symbols of mass culture & totalitarian ideology. The disconcerting effect aims to challenge the traditional notions we have about symbols of evil & happiness.
The enigmatic Salford performance punk poet John Cooper Clarke continues his “re-Cooper-ssance” with a new original piece about mob justice entitled Kamarad Klaak He shares a frame with Morrissey’s teenage muse, artist Linder Sterling with a poster created in 1976 called Pretty Girl. Still very relevant today in the current contexts of surveillance and selfies.
South African artist Kendell Geers also takes inspiration from the punk era, using the style of the Jamie Reid’s classic Sex Pistols record covers to broadcast the rallying cry of Mozambique Independence.
John Isaacs’ hand-sewn quilt made with domestic material stating “Vote for Children” has been turned into a poster for the campaign. Playful and colourful, still a strong reminder that the right to vote has been hardly fought for.
For the Time for Outrage! campaign, Robert Montgomery has created a new billboard poem asking the public to question the concepts of borders, city and immigration. Finally, France’s Laure Prouvost designed especially for the campaign states the condition of the contemporary viewer, who even though passively watching what surrounds him feels outrage about what he sees.