Exhibition Review

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THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM 

'Disobedient Objects' is an exhibition that is showing at The Victoria & Albert museum. The exhibition explores the roles that these objects had in the social change around the late 1970's until now and how they have influenced it. 

The exhibition was located near the entrance to the museum, so it was a first place for everyone visiting to start in, however the room was not ready for that many people. Despite the masses of work in the room, the amount of people in the small room made it very uncomfortable to enjoy the exhibition properly. 

The work is very large and therefore i felt like it needed to be in a more spacious room to appreciate it more, as the space just made the work feel very jumbled up. However, this could have been deliberate, to make the feel of the exhibition loud and bold as that is what it was based on, communicating. 

As you first enter, there are bright, colourful protesting banners that are extremely powerful. They consist of Russian, English & Italian protesters work. By seeing these it felt really surreal as it shows the efforts that people will go to to stand up for what the believe. 

(Below- Russian protesting art against Putin in 2012 & British protesting art against education funding cuts in 2011)

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(Above are more protesting signs)

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The most interesting part of the small exhibition that I saw, were the parts on the sexism and discrimination. They were located more in the centre of the exhibiton, maybe to attract the most attention. I saw these amazing figures, so different and interesting.

They called themselves the "Guerilla Girls", they were dressed as women, and all in black, up until their heads, which they covered with gorilla masks, that they had sorced from charity shops. They were like this to pretest again sexism for woman, and also racism & discrimination.  They described themselves as "Feminist masked avengers".

These figures really stood out to me, they were so striking and i had never seen anything like it and the reasons behind it were really poweful to me.

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Here is a poster that was created by the Guerilla Girls, questioning womens rights. 

The poster reads "Do women have to be naked to get into the Met.Museum". This was made in 1989 in the USA. 4 years after the Guerilla Girls had started to preotest for womens rights. 

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I loved the atmosphere that the work gave off in the room. The loud displays were so effective and obviously made so many people intrigued to continue to look around it. Although it was a small room for so many things to be displayed, it did almost give off a slight feeling of rioting and how it would feel to be in a sea of people with all these protesting objects flying around. The art of the protesting signs i think are really unique and I felt like they are so powerful to stand in front of and view, especially with the deep meanings behind them.

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