I'm an artist, educator and activist particularly interested in learning from tactics, props and gestures used as protests. I use this blog as a platform to archive and communicate examples of what I call 'gestures of defiance'-exciting, urgent and relevant actions that link protest histories and present radical potentials. On this blog I'm simply compiling and reposting examples I find as they happen. Months may go by with out a post but the blog as an archive is still active.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Hands up, Pharrell Williams , Grammy's 2015
''The gesture is the same used that has recently been used demonstrates protesting the death of unarmed black men at the hands of police.
The use of hoods was used after the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012.
However the 'hands up'' refers to Michael Brown, who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
Some accounts of the deadly incident claimed the unarmed black teenager had his hands up when the cop shot him.
A movement which followed adopted the slogan 'Black Lives Matter' and has been used by various celebrities during high profile events and awards ceremonies.
Prince was one of the stars who used the phrase during the ceremony.
Before presenting the award for best album, he said: 'Albums... remember those? Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, albums still matter.' ''