ENDURING PROTEST: A PROJECT BY TIM ROSEBOROUGH, CURATED BY DEMETRI BROXTON
In May of 2015, I highlighted the city of Berkeley, California’s progressive history in “Enduring Protest,” a site-specific and online exhibition at the city’s Addison Street Windows Gallery, located at 2018 Addison Street.
From calls to end police brutality and discrimination, to the need for stable employment and living wages, I found that the concerns of protests from decades ago are the same that drive those of the era in which I live.
In conjunction with the Berkeley Historical Society, I researched historical photos of Berkeley’s progressive social resistance from the 1960s through the 1980s.
I culled a selection of eight slogans from protest signs in the photos, and translated the phrases into my Englyph writing system. The pieces will be displayed on large-scale vinyl banners at the Addison Street Gallery.
In ‘Enduring Protest,’ I linked Berkeley’s past with its present to show how far American society has progressed and how much work remains to achieve fairness, equality and prosperity for all Americans. Protest must endure, as the problems it seeks to address have endured.