Contemporary Activism between Attitude and Style READINESS TO PROTEST
Artwork by Jina Shin

READINESS TO PROTEST—Contemporary Activism between Attitude and Style

Like other European countries, Germany has a long protest tradition. Since 1945 the increasing willingness of citizens to protest is part of lived democracy. People take to the streets to express their political concerns; demonstrations contribute to resolving conflict and are an important outlet for pent-up resentment. Movements like Fridays for Future, Stuttgart 21, the occupation of the Hambach Forest, strengthened by the new phenomenon of social media, are an integral part of the political culture of the twenty-first century—but so, too, are Pegida and the marches of radical right-wing alliances, such as in Chemnitz in 2018. Slogans, buttons, banners, barricades, human chains, vigils, megaphones, whistling and catcalls, yellow vests, torches, and candles are a part of the aesthetic evidence of this protest culture.

Since 2020 students in artist Christian Jankowski’s class at the State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart together with the fashion design program at the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences have been developing interventions on the subject of protest culture. A number of these were on show at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

Concept Students of the class of artist Christian Jankowski at Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and students of the fashion course at Hochschule Pforzheim
In cooperation with Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Hochschule Pforzheim
Supported by Trafo – Netzwerk transferorientierter Lehre in Baden-Württemberg


Lydia Askani, Johannes Bachor, Estela Barilaitė, Mona Barmeier, Esther Leonidowna Bernt, Natalija Borovec, Tilda George, Anna Günther, H/eesoo, Jessica Hug, Nora Käpernick, Sarah Kehr, Julia Kneip, Leonie Lass, Nick Liebig, Desiree Lune, Blerta Osmani, Clarissa Otmann, Eugen Schlecht, Sissi Schöllhuber, Miriam Schubach, Jina Shin, Soonhah, TZUSOO, Delara Vafi, Angela Vanini, Julia Walter