Perusing through the annals of activist art is hardly as simple as going to a single museum like the Met and seeing it all laid out before you on starched walls with perfect lighting.
That’s why Actipedia was recently launched. It’s a crowd-sourced database of activist art that’s meant to inspire the public with new and bolder ways of inciting social change.
The site was launched in March and is the brainchild of The Yes Lab and The Center for Artistic Activism. Already hundreds of art projects have been uploaded—some that are funny, some that are painfully ironic, and others that are just aesthetically arresting.
Case in point: The picture above is from French street artist JR and his moving global work, Women Are Heroes. His large-scale paintings have appeared in cities across Europe and the U.S., and have served to document the dignity of women in conflict zones and violent environments.
More projects like these can be found on the site, and their mediums are as vast as the catalogue of social causes they champion.
One of the site’s founders, Andy Bichlbaum, wrote in a recent public statement, “Actipedia is about sharing the ways people challenge power and envision a better society,” he wrote. “To change the world we’ve got to learn from each other.”
What follows is a small sampling of the socially relevant art featured on the Actipedia site.
Photo: Women Are Heroes/Actipedia