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100 NEW PROVERBS for Trump's First 100 DAYS
Badlands Unlimited is pleased to commemorate the first 100 days of the Trump presidency (on April 29, 2017) with the release of 100 New Proverbs protest signs. Designed by Paul Chan and Badlands, these signs first premiered at the history making Million Women's March in Washington D.C. and New York (January 21, 2017) and have since appeared at other public protests around the US.
Badlands is making available all 100 signs created so far to mark the occasion of Trump having the worst poll approval rating of any President at 100 days since 1945 (ABC/Washington Post Poll, April 23).
Beautiful and provocative, the New Proverbs signs are inspired in part by the posters of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, arguably one of the pioneering Christian hate speech groups in America, the New Proverbs takes visual cues from the color combinations and typographic treatments of the original church signs. But the messages do not disparage the LGBTQ community, Catholics and other Christians, Muslims, Jews, American soldiers and politicians—like the Westboro signs. Instead, the New Proverbs are directed at President Trump and his circle, who also happen to demonize the LGBTQ community, Catholics and other Christians, Muslims, Jews, American soldiers and politicians.
Four of the 100 signs are now available exclusively on the Badlands website as archival inkjet prints mounted on corrugated plastic. The signs are stiff and durable. They are ready to be used in any public protest or town hall meeting. The sign can also be hung in one's office or home, to let friends, colleagues, and neighbors know exactly what one thinks and where one stands.
Badlands plans to work with a national network of arts centers and independent bookshops to sell the signs in order to raise money for non-profit groups. These include the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Ida B. Wells Society (a news trade organization dedicated to increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting), and Black and Pink (a support and advocacy group for LGBTQ prisoners). Badlands will also donate signs to protest groups, arts centers, and community groups across the country so the signs can be used in rallies and gatherings everywhere.
All 100 signs can be seen and downloaded at the Badlands website. Hi-res versions of the signs are available for the media upon request. An exhibition of some of the signs and works inspired by New Proverbs, including images by artists Matthew Raviotta and Burke Battelle, will be on view at the Badlands office space starting May 2. Details about the exhibition will be forthcoming.