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December 11, 2008



This made me think about favorite activists of mine — like the Yes Men and Banksy — and the intersection of protest and performance art.   

Somehow, or maybe it’s because of this era of guerilla or viral marketing, I seem to see less protest this crisp and visually arresting. If you haven’t come across this image yet (and you don’t read German), take a minute to think about what the point/issue is before clicking through to the caption.

I’d be interested in your first thoughts and what the image actually affected in you.

from: NYT Pictures of the Day, December 11

(image: Oliver Lang/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. Munich. December 2008)

Caption: A woman demonstrated against human trafficking on a luggage belt at the airport in Munich. Amnesty International staged the protest to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.

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