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RESIST! The 1960’s protests, photography and visual legacy is part of Summer of Photography 2018, an international biennale for photography and lens-based media with a varied exhibition trail across multiple locations in Brussels, due to the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of May ’68. We have selected our 4 favourite photographers in Bozar for you to discover.
Text by Ana Laborie
The Argentine artist revisits some emblematic or never seen photographs of the 1968 protests around the world. The work that took him 3 years of documentation and research, has the disappearance and murder of 48 students in Mexico in 2014 as starting point. A way to connect the past with the present under the same motto ‘resistance’!
Marcelo Brodsky, 1968. The Fire of Ideas!, 2018 – Courtesy of Marcelo Brodsky, Rolf Art & Henrique Faria’s Gallery
The campaign against Brexit carried out by Tillmans in 2016 draws attention. In the exhibition we can see posters, T-shirts and announcements that call for a European England, and one of the best known slogans of the campaign ‘no man is an island, no country by itself’.
In the 70s Mendel captured a series of photographs that reflect the life of the South African population at that time. Exciting photographs that show the will of union between black and white people, despite the segregation imposed by law.
Gideon Mendel – From the series “Living in Yeoville”, Johannesburg, November 1986 – Courtesy the artist
Alÿs’ work focuses on the struggle of the Palestinian people through contemporary forms of Visual Activism. The artist travels the 24km of the border between Palestine and Israel leaving a green paint stroke.