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2016 - ONGOING

Chicago, USA

This program is partially supported by:



Studio Assistants:

Sarah Whyte

Eric Guy

Current Team:

Moki Tantoco

2017 Team:

Verónica Casado Hernández

Ishita Dharap

Tabitha Anne Kunkes

I was angry and pissed off by the 2016 elections, as many were. I needed a platform to fight back. So immediately after the elections, I started to make protest banners in my apartment. I then started to invite friends over to make banners with me because I needed to feel a sense of community. Then I quickly started to do workshops for the public. 

Banners are a way for me to resist what is happening in the United States and in the world. It is a way to put my voice out there and not stay silent. I cannot be silent. However, as a non citizen and a new mother, I cannot always go to protests. And in these workshops I realized that there were many people who came because they needed to find a way to participate, resist, and speak up but also couldn’t always go to protests because they too were mothers, non citizens, undocumented- those who would be at great risk if caught up and arrested. My protest banner making workshops has become a place where people come together in solidarity through making. And making is, in and of itself, a form of resistance. 

The Protest Banner Lending Library is a space for people to gain skills to learn to make their own banners, a communal sewing space where we support each other’s voices, and a place where people can check out handmade banners to use in protests. 

The words and these banners have a growing history. They are made by someone, used in a protest, returned to the library, and then taken by someone else to a different protest. The banners carry the histories of the hands that made and hold them, and the places they have and will travel.

PBLL statement: If you follow Protest Banner Lending Library steps to create your artwork, please credit Aram Han Sifuentes and Protest Banner Lending Library.


Aram Han Sifuentes' Studio   Chicago, USA

University Galleries of Illinois State University  l  Normal IL, USA

Tufts University Library  l  Boston, USA

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art  l  Ithaca, NY USA

Yeyo Arts Collective  l  St. Louis, MO USA

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre  l  Toronto, Canada

Leather Archives and Musuem  l  Chicago, USA

Print Room  l  Rotterdam, Netherlands

YOUmedia, Harold Washington Library Center  l  Chicago, USA


Zeeuws Museum  l  Middelburg, Netherlands

Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University  l  Charleston, IL USA

Asian Arts Initiative  l  Philadelphia, PA USA

Cardinal Space  l  Baltimore, MD USA

Skirball Cultural Center  l  Los Angeles, USA

Ithaca College  l  Ithaca, NY USA

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