The Venezuelan artist Daniel Arzola creates poster art intended to break down gender stereotypes in pursuit of an egalitarian vision of human rights.
Understanding the I’m Not a Joke series is reenforced by the artist’s statement that “Mockery is perhaps the most institutionalized form of violence that ever existed”.1
The “I’m Not a Joke” series was a rebellion against media in Venezuela, which Arzola said had a the lack of LGBTQ representation and showed LGBTQ people as stereotypes. Artivism became Arzola’s response to violence, a way to “fight back” using nonviolent action.2
The campaign poster series has been translated into over 20 languages and received global social media attention.
1 Nichols, JamesMichael. “This Artist Is Using ‘Artivism’ To Break Down Queer Stigma And Stereotypes” . Huffington Post. 23 Aug 2015.
2 Fernando, Madeleine. “Daniel Arzola Discusses Intersection of Art and Activism at NUCHR event“. The Daily Northwestern. 16 Jan 2017.
The artist’s Tumblr account may be viewed here.