RESIST CONTROLLED RESISTANCE

by Silviu Costinescu – Sep. 16.2019

About 2 years ago, Ello, an artistic social network, made a roll call for poster graphics on an re-emerging theme: #Resist.
Having a hunch where this is coming from and where it is going, I decided to take the opportunity to test my intuition and also send a message
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My thought process was something like: “this is a theme for activists. What are the main threats that need to be resisted by any activist movement ? The list is long and may vary from case to case, but whatever you’re resisting, there’s always one common danger: the takeover. Hijacking and controlling your opposition is more efficient than destroying it. History has already proven that numerous times, for our age it has became more obvious since Occupy Wall Street.”

So my personal spin on the theme was “Resist Controlled Resistance”.

And you know the only people that would hate this message.

For the execution style I kept spoofing activism of all sorts.
Historically, resistance and activist movements go for simple, striking, and practical / easily made visuals. Artistic merits are important, but not the primary concern.
So what would be today’s anonymous graphics & print shop?
Canva.com was the most obvious answer at the time.

Here are the results, and, as expected, none of the three works were admitted in the competition. My end goal was my own article on my own site, though. But life went other directions after that, until recently, when I’ve rediscovered the files in some archives and felt they aged really well, don’t you think? And it’s probably an even better time to spread them. Feel free to do so, just link back to this article, please!

And to spice things up, I made a T-shirt too! With a nifty back-print logo 😉

UPDATE JUNE 10, 2020:
Case in point: the Soros-sponsored fascist organisation BLM burns resources and energies rioting against racism while we go through times of unprecedented theft of human rights and liberties. all that while posing as anti-racists and anti-establishment to legitimize and victimize themselves. Because that’s what controlled opposition does.

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