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PROTEST BANNER LENDING LIBRARY

2016 - ONGOING

Chicago, USA

This program is partially supported by:

3AP

 

Studio Assistants:

Sarah Whyte

Eric Guy

Current Team:

Moki Tantoco

2017 Team:

Verónica Casado Hernández

Ishita Dharap

Tabitha Anne Kunkes

I was devastated by the elections, as many were. I needed a platform to shout. 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.

PERMANENT PROTEST BANNER LENDING LIBRARIES:

Aram Han Sifuentes' Studio   Chicago, USA

University Galleries of Illinois State University  l  Normal IL, USA

Tufts University Library  l  Boston, USA

Ithaca College  l  Ithaca, NY 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

TEMPORARY PROTEST BANNER LENDING SITES:

CURRENT Zeeuws Museum  l  Middelburg, Netherlands

CURRENT YOUmedia, Harold Washington Library Center  l  Chicago, USA

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

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