M.A.D.E – Political T’s

M.A.D.E (the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) presents Political T’s — an exhibition of provocative tees featuring graphics and slogans designed to inspire political change and social action. Since the 1960’s the humble T-shirt has become a common vehicle for self-expression as a wearable billboard. This unique exhibition presents historical, controversial and humorous T-shirts, the stories of their wearers and creators, and examples from around the world of T-shirts that have made a difference. Links between politics, popular culture and consumerism are showcased; Political T’s are where fashion and political engagement can meet. The Political T-shirt remains an important vehicle for communication in the digital age as wearable statements of preference. M.A.D.E’s Director, Jane Smith, said “T-shirts play an important role in protest and activism, fighting injustice and commenting on contemporary political issues”. Model, activist and House of Riot founder, Ollie Henderson said “The persuasive nature of fashion is often dismissed, yet it is one of our most visible tools for communication. Protest t-shirts provide accessibility to activism and can enrich the visual voice of a movement.” Entry Ballarat Locals free: Adult $12, Children 6-15 $8, U5 free

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