[April 21 2017]
These protest signs by Paul Chan and Badlands Unlimited were inspired in part by the posters of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, arguably one of the pioneering Christian hate speech groups in America, the New Proverbs takes visual cues from the color combinations and typographic treatments of the original church signs. But the messages do not disparage the LGBTQ community, Catholics and other Christians, Muslims, Jews, American soldiers and politicians—like the Westboro signs. Instead, the New Proverbs are directed at President Trump and his circle, who also happen to demonize the LGBTQ community, Catholics and other Christians, Muslims, Jews, American soldiers and politicians.
The signs are for sale and part of the proceeds from the signs will go to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, the IDA B. Wells Society (a news trade organization dedicated to increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting) and Black and Pink (a support and advocacy group for LGBTQ prisoners).
On view until April, 15th at Greene Naftali Gallery, 508 W. 26th St, Ground Floor Courtyard, New York.
Photo Matthew Raviotta and Burke Battelle