Shepard Fairey, We the People, Suite of Three (3) Hand Signed Lithographs, 2017. Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery.

Shepard Fairey: We the People

The day before the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, Shepard Fairey—who also created the iconic “Hope” portrait of President Barack Obama in 2008—released a series of posters called “We the People” that featured Muslim, Latina, and African-American women. The prints, with inscriptions including “Defend Dignity” and “Protect Each Other,” were intended to uplift those whose “needs would be neglected in a Trump administration,” noted Fairey. Borrowing their titles from the U.S. Constitution and their color schemes from the nation’s flag, these posters were intended to be used in peaceful protests at the time, especially the historic 2017 Women’s March. Fairey released “We the People” to the public by making the images temporarily available to download for free, but also created collectible limited edition versions of the prints.

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