A Brief History of Protest Art



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Aindrea Emelife


Art has always declared its dissatisfaction against the status quo. Throughout history artists have used their art to criticise and protest against a range of injustices and inequalities. Their art is an act of defiance, but more importantly it has given a voice to the marginalised.

This short but powerful book showcases the work of a range of artists from the last eighty years who have challenged traditional boundaries, spoken up for the powerless and against those who seek to deny people their human rights. Exploring deeply political and critical art which uses irony, satire, subversion and provocation, it features responses to war, violence, oppression, gender and racial inequalities, the AIDS epidemic, LGBTQ+ rights, the Black Lives Matter movement and the climate crisis, in a variety of media.

A Brief History of Protest Art reveals the important role of art in confronting political and social issues, and how it can help to change attitudes to create a better future.

Additional information

Weight 320 g
Dimensions 14.2 x 17.3 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 14 September 2022
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.2 x 17.3 cm
Weight 320 g


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Aindrea Emelife is an independent curator, art historian and presenter from London. Starting at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she completed a BA in History of Art, she has quickly gone on to become a ground-breaking new voice in an art world otherwise steeped in tradition. Aindrea debuted her first column for the Financial Times at the age of twenty, and has been published widely and internationally, including articles in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, GQ, Frieze, The Independent, The Arts Newspaper and ArtNet. She features regularly on podcasts, and is dedicated to public speaking, usually pertaining to discussions of contemporary art, popularising art history and championing women and Black artists, and artists of colour. Aindrea has featured in programming on Sky Arts and presented art films for such prestigious institutions as The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hepworth Wakefield Museum, The Dairy Art Centre and the Courtauld.

In 2021, Aindrea was appointed to the Mayor of London's Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm. The Commission's role is to enrich and add to the current public realm, and advise on better ways to raise public understanding behind existing statues, street names, building names and memorials.