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Art in Protest



Art in Protest is HRF’s response to the authoritarian repression of creative dissent.

Art is a powerful tool for dissent in closed societies, provoking constructive dialogue and creating space for debate beyond mainstream bodies of political discourse. Authoritarian governments around the world recognize the power of art as a conduit of change and systematically persecute, repress, or censor artists to silence political dissent.

Art in Protest seeks to elevate artists whose work is connected to their struggle for democracy and human rights. We offer dissident artists the opportunity to enhance their work through the Art in Protest Residency and provide various platforms and exhibition spaces to expand their reach. Art in Protest also brings art to HRF’s Oslo Freedom Forum conference series to raise awareness about the state of artistic freedom on a global scale.


Our Work

Art in Protest Residency

The Art in Protest Residency offers a one-of-kind opportunity for mentorship and perspectives on dissident artists’ work.

Digital Gallery

Digital galleries provide a platform for dissident artists to showcase and sell their work and reach diverse audiences.


Art in Protest hosts exhibitions showcasing dissident art in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Oslo.

Our Strategy

Training & Mentorship

We connect dissident artists with experts in the cultural sector and offer skills-building mentorship programs to help dissident artists enhance their work and activism.

Platform For Artists

We expand the reach of dissident artists by showcasing their work to diverse international audiences through online galleries and in-person exhibitions.

News & Media

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Oct. 6, 2021

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Feb. 1, 2022

Take Action


Visit the Art in Protest digital gallery to view and purchase original artworks and prints by dissident artists


Donate to support dissident artists who use their art to make a lasting impact in the global struggle against authoritarianism


Follow Art in Protest on Instagram and Facebook

For inquiries, please e-mail [email protected]