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COLORS 88 – Protest

COLORSTreviso, January 2014. You can shoot potatoes at the police or strip naked in a square. You can stop eating, moving, working, making purchases, paying taxes. Or you can start waving a flag, climbing an electricity pylon orsetting yourself on fire, as a Tunisian fruit vendor did in December 2010. In the fortnight following his death, four more Tunisians, one Mauritanian and five Egyptians also self-immolated, triggering the start of the Arab Spring.

Hungry, tired and indignant, but connected in an unprecedented global network, people in eighty countriesacross the world have taken to the streets to protest against their governments in the past three years. But only in six of those countries did the regime actually change.COLORS 88 – Protest examines why and how protests start, spread, are repressed and sometimes becomerevolutions.

From South Korea‘s anti-uprising volunteer corps to female drivers in Saudi Arabia; from Mexico’s labor rights superheroes to fully-armed guns rights demonstrators in the United States; from the pigs left to roam the main square of Nairobi, Kenya, to Palestinians dressing like blue aliens from Hollywood film Avatar, we’ve interviewed, photographed, and illustrated protesters across the world. Plus Occupy, FEMEN sextremists and a series of illustrated DIY protest techniques and strategies: how to use a mattress as a shield, chain yourself to a tree, and hold your breath until it’s all over.


COLORS  is a single-theme, quarterly magazine founded in 1991 under the editorship of Oliviero Toscani and Tibor Kalman in the belief that differences are positive and all cultures are of equal value. It is distributed worldwide and published in six bilingual editions (English+Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Portuguese). COLORS editorial offices are in FABRICA, Benetton Group’s communication research centre, and are staffed by an international team of young researchers, writers, art directors and photographers. They are assisted by a network of correspondents in the four corners of the earth who cooperate on a continuous basis with the central editorial office.