world In 2016 there were 78 self-made protest boards published by ‘de Volkskrant’ photographers Hans Aarsman and Frank Schallmaier from all over the world. By searching through more than a million photographs that the newspaper has received, the returning images of people holding up signs, boards in demonstrations, protests, riots and insurrections gave a visual map of the year.
material The protest signs are often made of simple brown cardboard where an inventive phrase is written on with a marker or paint. People chose typography, colour and the form. Occasionally you see a wooden stick attached for a better grasp.
maker ‘The inventive, straight from the heart, self-made phrases and thoughts on the wearable protest boards can bring individual insights into larger events. A protest can be a source of inspiration and the boards always have the intention to be read by anybody, anywhere.’ says the article.