Selma, Lahore, Warsaw, Santiago…Records of Resistance: Documenting Global Activism captures continuity and change in practices of protest and activism in diverse geographic contexts and around issues that may be particular to an area or of universal concern.
The images you are about to see range from sacred Passover Haggadot that embody Jews’ spiritual resistance to their oppressors during and immediately after the Holocaust, to dramatic photographs of marchers on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, to vibrant posters and pamphlets created by protesters taking to the streets of Santiago, Chile and Lahore, Pakistan only a few years ago.
Here you will find familiar and trusted technologies of resistance – posters, pamphlets, and flyers – and at the same time, you will encounter new ways of disseminating dissent as activists harness the power of the internet and social media to make their voices heard. Records of Resistance invites you to consider how issues of perennial concern including indigenous, gender, and LGBTQIA+ rights, social inequality, antisemitism, and systemic racism manifest in resistance over time and across the globe.
This exhibition presents just a small sample of the thousands of images found in the Digital Princeton University Library (DPUL). The site currently houses over 60 digital collections, exhibitions, and essays, a number of which focus specifically on historical moments of activism. DPUL is designed to make the extraordinary collections of Princeton University Library accessible worldwide. They are made available for everyone to explore.