Resistance Artists

resistance art

One ongoing focus of Cultures of Resistance Films is highlighting the work of resistance artists around the world. Through our films, we have showcased people who use art forms including music, dance, photography, and cartooning to confront injustice and promote a more peaceful and sustainable world. The Resistance Artist series was a curated collection of short films made from 2010 to 2013. Below is a list of films in the series:


  • A Day with Lowkey and Shadia Mansour (2010) follows Iraqi rapper Lowkey and Palestinian lyricist Shadia Mansour at a book tour stop, where they discuss Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip, and then to the studio, where they talk about the convergence of their music and political activism. 6 minutes.

  • Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones (2013) features a trailer created by Cultures of Resistance Films to preview author Ibrahim Khider’s new book, which celebrates the artist’s politically motivated craft. 4 minutes.

  • MV Bill: Peace to the Favelas (Brazil) (2011) documents the work of hip-hop artist MV Bill, who calls out Rio’s heavy-handed approach to policing the favelas and promotes a more human alternative: engaging youth in the arts. 3 minutes.

  • Papa Wemba: Singing for a Brighter Congo (2011) features an original interview with the legendary singer in which he talks about his music, the future of his country’s politics, and the tensions between politicians and artists in Africa. 3 minutes.

  • Thembo Kash: Cartooning for Justice DRC/Congo (2011) profiles a Congolese illustrator who focuses his work on two themes: the corruption that plagues his country’s government and the exploitation of natural resources by foreign corporations. 4 minutes.


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These images show a series of collaborative portraits, featuring embroidery by women unable to leave their homes in India due to their husbands or fathers, some of whom are domestic abuse survivors. The works are from a project called “Nā́rī” by Indian artist Spandita Malik, a finalist for the Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation. Malik’s practice involves expanded documentary with the idea of decolonizing the aesthetic surrounding documentary photography in India.Our sister foundation, the Cultures of Resistance Network, has been proud to support the Magnum Foundation in the past, including their efforts to amplify socially-conscious photographers from the Global South. The Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award is a grant made each year to a woman or nonbinary photographer under the age of 30 to support the completion of a long-term documentary project. ... See MoreSee Less
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