The Art of Protest
December – January 2018-2019
The Great Room Gallery
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
In “The Art of Protest,” Arienne explores the fight for equality, justice, truth, and freedom from oppression through photography. By adjusting the background to black & white, she evokes the protests of the past and the hard truth that people are still fighting the same fights. By keeping the main subject in color, she emphasizes the fact that although these protests are about people coming together to fight for a mutual cause, society should not lose sight of the individual.
She believes that documenting and exhibiting these protests will be an important reminder for future generations that “the people united will never be defeated.” (César Chávez)
Opening Reception | December 3, 2018 | 6:00p
About the Author
Arienne Davey has been creating photographs for a little over 25 years. She has shot from below sea level, snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, to the ruins of Machu Picchu at almost 8,000 feet. On the spur of the moment in 2009, she decided to go to the Obama Inauguration. It was so amazing that eight years later she went to the Trump Inauguration to compare experiences. Holding a camera gave Arienne a sense of empowerment that she didn’t otherwise possess, allowing her to move through the thick crowds with ease. The protesters suddenly became much more interesting to follow than the supporters. She spent hours photographing the various groups of protesters outside of the gates to the Inauguration area and then attended the Women’s March the next day as well as a “Not My President’s Day” protest in New York City in February. She believes that documenting these protests will be an important reminder for future generations that “the people united will never be defeated” (César Chávez).