Creative Resistance: How LA Artists Are Hijacking Election Discourse


by Hannah Deitch, Stefanie De Leon Tzic, Brian Marks, and Ethan Varian

In the absence of election-year artwork as ubiquitous as Shepard Fairey’s 2008 “Hope” poster, political memes have become dominant images this political season. But that doesn’t mean the art world has been silent.

Activist street artists have been especially busy creating some of the presidential campaign’s most provocative political statements. Their bold approach inherits a long tradition.

“We’re not talking about sanctioned public art,” says veteran L.A. art agitator Robbie Conal. His posters depicting Donald Trump framed by the words “Bully Culprit” have been pasted all over the city. “In my case, it’s a minor form of civil disobedience.”

Read the rest of this story at the Los Angeles Times.

This story was originally reported and produced by USC  Annenberg School of Journalism graduate students Hannah Deitch, Stefanie De Leon Tzic, Brian Marks and Ethan Varian. View the original project here.