Eight years ago, Barack Obama was inaugurated as America's 44th president–the first black president in American history. Today, Donald J. Trump, after a campaign marred by racism, sexism, and Islamophobia, will be sworn in as his successor.
One artist has re-emerged to lend the millions of protesters who are expected to gather in cities around the world on Inauguration Day and the day after with some bold, new imagery for the era we live in now. Shepard Fairey, who designed Obama's iconic "Hope" posters for his first presidential campaign, has released a series of images titled, "We The People," featuring the faces of diverse American women:
“In 2008, I viewed Obama as an inspiring speaker and leader but also someone who would potentially help push progress on a number of issues that I care about. Many of those issues were about basic human dignity and fairness,” Fairey told the Washington Post in an email. “I think that this campaign is similar in its appeal to human dignity and fairness, but different in that the subjects are not people who have aspirations as leaders. They are any and all of us.”
Fairey worked with two other artists, Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena, to come up with the concept for the posters, and the Amplifier Foundation (an art-focused activist group) to roll out the campaign, Mic reported.