The Art of Protest

Reclaim the Street, cyanotype by Tracey Thorne photographed on shutters on Little Ann Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. Part of a new The art of protest series

Reclaim the Street, cyanotype on Fabriano 5, paste up Little Ann Street, Birmingham (2021) Tracey Thorne

Protest is our way to assert our freedom of association - the one for the many and many for the one. We inhabit a zeitgeist which we cannot separate ourselves from. Art does not happen in a state of isolation, it is here and now and the here and now is urgency.

 Anish Kapoor (artist) 


The Art of Protest (2019) published by Amnesty International 


The Art of Protest is an artist development project supported by Arts Council England, Developing Your Creative Practice Fund.


It explores how photography can be a means of protest.  How the photographer can be part of a shift from documentary photography to visual activism. From observer to activist to make and use images as agents for change.


As an activist my photography seeks to use art as a means of protest - focused mainly around issues connected to the environment, urban spaces and gender equality - women's rights.  

If you're interested in the project follow on social media using #theartofprotest_dren and for photo essays click on my tumblr link in menu. 


All photographs copyright Tracey Thorne. 

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