Disobedient Objects is an exhibition that examines the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. Organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and originally on view in London in 2014, the exhibition is now being presented in Sydney. From suffragette teacups to protest robots, from Argentina to Syria, this global exhibition demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.
During the process of development for the Sydney presentation it became clear that there was huge scope to discuss the themes and objects in relation to an Australian experience of grass-roots social movements. Personal and political histories are intertwined, local and global contexts are inter-related. This blog extends the conversation that Disobedient Objects started in the UK and includes contributions from curators, museum staff and guest contributors such as lenders to the exhibition, academics, artists, activists, community organisers and students from the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership program, UNSW.
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Katie Dyer, Curator Contemporary, MAAS