PROTEST - GSD Kirkland Gallery

Dianna Lê

Harvard GSD / MLA II

Is it justice or just us?


Alexandra i Sanyal

Harvard GSD MDes

This piece emphasizes the importance of understanding the role that the colonizer played in enforcing religious divides within India. The concept of the nation-state — as an ideology, a practice, a border — comes from the British colonial theory of divide and rule. In attempts to preserve the existing power hierarchy, the colonizers positioned Muslims and Hindus against each other: the lingering impacts of which continue to pollute India’s livelihood, to this day.


Shane Ah-Siong

Harvard GSD MDes

PANDEMIC: (A) PROPAGANDA, a self-portrait by Shane Ah-Siong. #IAMNOTAVIRUS #JENESUISPASUNVIRUS #MOPAENNVIRIS #NONSONOUNVIRUS This is a piece dating back from March, to protest against discrimination originating from COVID-19 that the Asian community faces. The sudden surge of racial assaults was a wake up call for people of color that racism is still inherently present in society, and that humanity still has a long way to go for progress.


Emily B. Yang

Harvard Master in Design Engineering '20: GSD + SEAS (Class of 2020)

The print, titled "America 2020: Protest Signs for Three" is based on "Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre" or "Mitsukuni Defying the Skeleton Spectre Invoked by Princess Takiyasha," a ukiyo-e woodblock triptych by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, completed in 1844. The print features three separate signs, for three protesters to hold together in unison.
Block print on Thai Kozo paper.


Gauri Nagpal

Harvard GSD

Screenshots from the GSD FAQ page


Pinyang Paul Chen

Harvard GSD

'Wine Bather'
https://chenpinyang.com/Wine-Bather
Genre: ‘Renaissance’s Pop’
Rebirth for Artistic Representation

Digital Medium:
Maya 3D, ZBrush 3D, Vray
(Full Render Scene with no Adobe Photoshop Processing)

Sizable Digital Dimension:
297 mm x 420 mm
Art Inspirations References:
Vision of a Knight (allegorical painting composition) / Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino The Bathers (female character) / Pablo Picasso My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (female character) / George Condo
Portrait of a Black Woman (female character) / Marie-Guillemine Benoist




Aeshna Prasad

Harvard GSD / MAUD 21'

Titled "Greater Than" this protest sign is a minimal and self-explanatory artwork against all those things that are used to discriminate against human beings.

Humanity over all else. That is the message this sign aims to give out loud an clear. A simple principle to live and love by, it reinforces that the fact that gender, race, colour, sexual orientation and nationality are all secondary to the fact that humanity comes first. By this logic, the same principles must be used to deal with all humans and the same privileges must be extended to all humans, irrespective of their traits and characteristics. If well lived by that simple principle, we would learn to treat all humans in an equal, just and fair manner- rather than hold unnecessary prejudice and hate towards one another due todifferences in characteristics or personal choices.

Bottom line is, we are all the same, we are a collective within which we may have diversity and if we focus on our humanity, we may learn to be humane as well.




Aeshna Prasad

Harvard GSD / MAUD 21'

NO-vember is Coming In light of the recent events that have been unfolding in the context of the United States, this artwork takes the form of an invocation aa well as a provocation. It serves as a reminder that the truest form of protest is that of voting- exercising ones voice in a democratic forum.
It shifts the narrative from one of name-calling and criticism to one of pro-action, reminding all, that the Power to change one and all’s circumstances, lies in the collective hands of the people and thus everybody must turnout.

The artwork shows a diverse set of hands- representative of various races, colours, sexualities and economic statuses - holding what have been named “trump cards” subtly. Each card represents a list of the myriads wrongs that are embodied and propagated by the current administration.

Although in the artwork, the cards are held in the hands of the communities directly affected, when looked at collectively one is reminded that together these issues plague society and the world as a whole- not just the LGBTQ community, African-Americans, women or the downtrodden.

All hope is not lost just yet, and the artwork reminds us of this through the small specks of gold dust remind that are falling towards the ballot box - which is truly representative of hope. November is coming and it needs to turn into NO-vember- the time to make a united choice against policies and propaganda that undermine principles of humanity, equality and justice all together.

The hope is that this sign will remind all to choose wisely and to go beyond minor differences and the NIMBY syndrome to acknowledge that none of the things on those cards are isol




Aeshna Prasad

Harvard GSD/ MAUD 21'

Titled “EQWALLITY” this artwork takes a stand against the increasingly clear xenophobia in the United States spear-headed by the current administration. Central to this theme of “America First” is the idea of the much awaited WALL, one that is expected to keep the unwanted out. This group of the unwanted ironically, continues to grow with passing time.

The artwork protests this very idea of xenophobia and racism and reminds all us that equality must be the end aim, not this increasing immigrant-fear that is spreading rapidly today.

It reminds all that the no place in the world is isolated today. We live in the age of globalisation and all nations are interdependent. It pushes for the idea of border-less countries that do not discriminate against particular sections of society. It reminds us if a wall is build it will not only keep people out, but will box the perpetrators in, not the most enticing idea is it?

America was built on the principles of being a nation of dreams and possibilities for all and in that vain, this artwork serves as a protest against the current administration and its utter disregard for ideas of equality and equity, making it clear that there is no wall in equality and that we want ALL not a wall.




Yazmín M. Crespo Claudio

Harvard GSD - GSAS / PhD Student in Architecture

Take me back to the cacerolazos del Verano del 19 in Puerto Rico. I hit la olla con el cucharón every night at eight with a fragile heart and a resilient will. ¡Somos más y no tenemos miedo! -a protest mantra. As their/our curly texture hair was ready for disobedience, my asymmetrical haircut confronted one sided thinking. My hair is my Resistencia! My flag is my Resistencia!


Davide Zhang

Harvard GSD

This animation supports the anti-racist movement through a transition between the recognizable face of George Floyd and a flickering grid of pixels. The process represents the collective action this incident (and countless ones in the past) has sparked and how everyone, knowingly or not, is part of the systemic racist machine.


Kellie Zhao

Harvard GSD M.Arch II