Demonstrators prepare to protest demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 17, 2019. | Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP/Getty Images
From Argentina to Lebanon, images that defined a year of unrest.
2019 will go down as a year of worldwide unrest. In the last few months, protests have raged from Haiti and Venezuela to Iraq and Lebanon, from Russia to Canada.
Around the world, citizens are frustrated about inaction on climate change or angry about government corruption. Some protests have made international news; others have come and gone with less attention. But one thing many of them have in common
is the presence of protest art.
The quality and wit of
signs, murals, and costumes are striking, prompting viewers around the world to think about the movements in new ways.
The appeal of a
nonverbal, approachable commentary in the world of social media is not lost on activists. In Lebanon, anti-government protestors portrayed politicians as the Joker. In Santiago, Chile, women unfurled a banner to protest gender-based violence.
Here’s a look at some of the works from around the world.
South and Latin America
Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images Members of leftist parties and Bolivian citizens watch a burning dummy depicting President Trump during a demonstration in support of Bolivia’s overthrown president Evo Morales in front of the US embassy in Buenos Aires, on November 22, 2019.
Javier Torres/AFP/Getty Images Women protest against gender violence and the government in Santiago, Chile, on November 29, 2019.
Juan Carlos Torres/NurPhoto via Getty Images Colombian indigenous people and students protest on the eighth consecutive day against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque in Bogota on November 29, 2019. S
Roman Camacho/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A mother and daughter walk by anti-Nicolas Maduro graffiti, who is rendered as “Salt Bae” in Caracas, Venezuela, on February 12, 2019.
Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images An Iranian man walks past a mural painted on the walls of the former US embassy in Tehran on November 2, 2019.
Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images An Iraqi protester paints on a concrete barrier on al-Rasheed street in the capital Baghdad, during a lull in the anti-government demonstrations on December 5, 2019.
Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images Anti-government protesters sit under graffiti depicting Lebanese politicians as Joker in downtown Beirut on November 12, 2019.
Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images A Palestinian woman in Gaza City walks past a wall with graffiti showing President Trump with a footprint on his face on June 23, 2019. The Arabic text below reads, in Arabic: “For al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the right of return we resist.”
Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images Sudanese protesters sit in front of a recently painted mural during a demonstration near the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 24, 2019. With the fall of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s long-stifled graffiti artists have been able to express their art.
Europe and Asia
Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Lok Yi, a 27-year-old art student, folds paper cranes in the Times Square shopping area of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, on September 29, 2019, as part of ongoing anti-government protests.
Celestino Arce/NurPhoto via Getty Images A protester holds a banner demanding the release of actor Pavel Ustinov in Moscow, Russia, on September 19, 2019. Ustinov was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for participating in anti-government protests.
STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images Activists hold a banner depicting Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Gandzyuk in Kiev, Ukraine, on February 9, 2019. Gandzyuk died from injuries from an acid attack in July 2018.
Louis Baudoin/AFP/Getty Images High school students lie on the ground as they protest climate change in front of the Canadian prime minister’s campaign office in Montreal on October 18, 2019.
Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images Parents and their children held a rally outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices in Manhattan on December 5, 2019, protesting against the controversial bills being proposed that would allow children to be vaccinated with STD vaccines without parental knowledge or consent.