Fahmi Reza, Malaysian, born 20th century Grassroots Democracy, from the Occuprint Sponsor Portfolio 2012 Screenprint on French paper 18/100 Sheet: 18 1/8 x 12 in. (46 x 30.5 cm) Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Contemporary Art Fund; 2012.38.25 © Fahmi Reza

Fahmi Reza, Malaysian, born 20th century

Grassroots Democracy, from the Occuprint Sponsor Portfolio

2012
Screenprint on French paper
18/100
Sheet: 18 1/8 x 12 in. (46 x 30.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Contemporary Art Fund; 2012.38.25
© Fahmi Reza

Grassroots Democracy, from the Occuprint Sponsor Portfolio

The Occupy movement is an international socio-political movement against social inequality and lack of "real democracy" around the world, its primary goal being to advance social and economic justice and new forms of democracy. In 2009 and 2010, students across the University of California occupied campus buildings in protest against budget cuts, tuition hikes, and staff cutbacks that had resulted from the Great Recession of 2008. A strong connection between the Dada- and Occupy- movement are the ambition to become a world wide force of change.

Fahmi Reza is a political graphic designer, street artist and documentary film maker based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is known in particular for depicting Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, as a clown.