September 21, 2022

“Records of Resistance” Exhibition at PU Library

“AURAT MARCH 2021”: A visitor contemplates a born-digital poster by Shehzil Malik, part of the “Records of Resistance: Documenting Global Activism 1933 to 2021” exhibit on view through December 11 at Princeton University Library. (Photo by Brandon Johnson for Princeton University Library)

“Records of Resistance: Documenting Global Activism 1933 to 2021,” the latest exhibition at Princeton University Library (PUL), considers how issues of perennial concern, including Indigenous, gender, and LGBTQIA+ rights; social inequality; antisemitism; and systemic racism manifest in resistance over time and across the globe. The exhibit is open to the public at Milberg Gallery in the library through December 11, from 12 to 6 p.m. Guided tours are available.

Showcased are large images, drawn from the library’s digital collections, that range from sacred Passover Haggadot that embody Jews’ spiritual resistance during the Holocaust, to photographs of marchers on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, to posters and pamphlets created by protesters taking to the streets of Santiago, Chile, and Lahore, Pakistan, only a few years ago.

These images capture continuity and change in practices of protest and activism in diverse geographic and social contexts. The images have been reproduced, in some cases, to life-size.

The exhibition presents just a small sample of the thousands of images available in the Digital Princeton University Library (DPUL). “DPUL is designed to make the extraordinary collections of PUL accessible worldwide,” said Will Noel, John T. Maltsberger III ’55 Associate University Librarian for Special Collections. “There are over 60 digital collections, exhibitions, and essays housed in DPUL, with a number focused on historical moments of activism.

Curators for the show are Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez, Ellen Ambrosone, Will Clements, David Hollander, and Gabrielle Winkler.

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