Stories of Resistance examines the myriad ways in which resistance takes form across the world. Through the perspectives of an international array of artists working across a full range of media, the exhibition sheds light on the situations from which acts of resistance emerge. Featuring a diverse body of work, the exhibition nonetheless identifies several themes and motifs that recur across history, cultures, and regions. Resistance may be found in the rewriting of history, exposing or filling in the blatant absences left out of the dominant narrative. Resistance emerges from within governmental, corporate, or institutional structures and systems of power. Resistance takes shape in labor movements and in actions to protect water, land, and other natural resources. Migration, movement, and exile—most often depicted as acts of desperation—are here shown as acts of agency in the face of persecution, oppression, and inequality.
“The Warhol Foundation aims to support the full range of artistic activity in America—from exhibitions at major museums to neighborhood projects by artist collectives. Arts writers, through the range and specialization of their individual interests, touch upon all of this activity—illuminating and interrogating it and bringing it into conversation with the public. Support for artists is not complete without support for the circulation and serious consideration of their ideas. The Arts Writers Grant program keeps artists at the center of cultural dialogue and debate—in our opinion, right where they belong.”
Joel Wachs, President