Visual Language: The Art of Protest @ Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles

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Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles // February 11, 2023 – March 25, 2023

Andrea BowersAndrea Bowers

Awanle Hawa Awanle Hawa

Barbara KrugerBarbara Kruger

Cey AdamsCey Adams

Cheryl DunnCheryl Dunn

David ShrigleyDavid Shrigley

Emory DouglasEmory Douglas

Gary TaxaliGary Taxali

Gordon CheungGordon Cheung

Guerilla GirlsGuerilla Girls

Juana ValdésJuana Valdés

Leila PazookiLeila Pazooki

Lina PuertaLina Puerta

Penny ByrnePenny Byrne

Pussy RiotPussy Riot

Robbie ConalRobbie Conal

Ron EnglishRon English

Shepard FaireyShepard Fairey

Stan Squirewell Stan Squirewell

El SeedEl Seed

Subliminal Projects is pleased to present, Visual Language: The Art of Protest, a group exhibition and survey of the symbiotic relationship between art and activism. Visual Language is an ongoing project curated in collaboration with Coates & Scarry, that aims to investigate and spark dialogue about how art acts as a vehicle of communication.

The historied alliance between art and protest, in its many manifestations, is rooted in the understanding that effective change begins with a cultural shift. Visual Language: The Art of Protest, is an investigation of how art serves as a societal crux between dissent and action. The exhibition features a selection of pivotal artists whose practice challenges systematic corruption imposed by those in power. The tone of the works gathered range from political, ironic, typographic, autonomous, and abstract, collectively serving as a beacon of resistance, awakening, and a confrontation of regressive politics.

Since its inception in 2004, as an artist and activist-run commercial space, Subliminal Projects has served as a platform highlighting awareness through art, dedicated to long-term support of our community and organizations engaged in aid. For the exhibition’s duration, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International, a global non-governmental organization focused on human rights, and Inner-City Arts, a Los Angeles-based educational space empowering children, teens, and the community through the transformational power of art.


Andrea Bowers (Vielmetter Los Angeles), Awanle Ayiboro Hawa Al (Emergeast), Barbara Kruger (Spruth Magers), Cey AdamsCheryl DunnChristopher MartinDavid Shrigley (Stephen Friedman Gallery), Ed RuschaEl Seed, Emory Douglas,  Gary TaxaliGordon CheungGuerrilla GirlsHana Shahnavaz (Emergeast), Leila Pazooki (Emergeast), Lina Puerta, Maya Hayuk,  Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova), Penny ByrneRenee CoxRobbie ConalRon EnglishSalah Elmur (Vigo Gallery), Shepard FaireyStan Squirewell (Claire Oliver Gallery), and Juana Valdez (Spinello Projects).

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