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Teens/Protest is a solution-based project addressing the lack of institutional attempts to challenge negative media images of protest or provide historical context in Chicago. Working through an established high school art programme run by artists, I have been enabled to explore protest with teens through music, the creation of protest props and mock protests, with the assistance of local artist John Swain. The work is less about approaching social activism through appropriation of activist imagery (the hand-made sign, the protest gathering) and more about planting a concept/ideas in the open minds of teens—leaving this behind as a non-material legacy.



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