Sandra Barrett ARPS

Statement of Intent

In October and November 2011, I spent four weeks among the ranks of anti-capitalist protesters in Zuccotti Park, New York City. My aim has been to capture the atmosphere of the protest – by turns a party, a political theatre, a place of personal desperation and suffering and where the possibility of police action hung like a dark cloud over the activists.

A remarkable variety of people immersed themselves in the camp – diverse in age, gender and race but united in their belief that modern capitalism fails the majority of people.
Hand-made placards carry the message of protest – sometimes humorous, often penetrating in their critique, their impact not diminished but enhanced by the lack of grammatical accuracy.