Hands Off Our Revolution, an anti-fascist guerilla art project, launched today and will include the likes of Michael Stipe, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anish Kapoor, Steve McQueen and Richard Wentworth. The project will feature a series of events from artists who're eager to combat the rise of populism and alt-right groups throughout the world.
"We are a global coalition affirming the radical nature of art," HOOR's mission statement says. "We believe that art can help counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism, fascism and the increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and unapologetic intolerance."
Artist and activist Adam Broomberg, who co-created HOOR, equates the start of the project to President Trump's election win. "Everyone was in shock," he told Dazed. "I was like, ‘We can’t get on with daily life today, so we’ve got to do something.'"
The global project has finished its planning stages, and is now ready to launch in both established and alternative spaces worldwide with its growing team of more than 200 artists from 40 countries.
"As artists, it is our job and our duty to reimagine and reinvent social relations threatened by right-wing populist rule," their mission statement continues. "It is our responsibility to stand together in solidarity. We will not go quietly. It is our role and our opportunity, using our own particular forms, private and public spaces, to engage people in thinking together and debating ideas, with clarity, openness and resilience."