This exhibition catalog is from the collection of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
Peter Sacks: Resistance is the first solo museum exhibition of works by the South African-born artist Peter Sacks (b. 1950). The show presents over ninety never-before-seen portraits of individuals who have resisted political, racial, or cultural oppression over the past two centuries. The portraits’ subjects range from Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Nelson Mandela to Anna Akhmatova, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Volodymyr Zelensky. Each resistor’s face is embedded in a tactile composition of the fabric, paint, personal items, and texts, conveying a sense of their life, historical background, struggles, acts of resistance, and, sometimes, their death.
Sacks notes: “Many of these individuals not only inspired each other but became each other’s guides and sources of courage—as I hope they will become for those encountering them in this exhibition.”