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Anti-War Art


This picture is an example of performance protest art because it expresses the opinion of the protestors through a creative medium that is obvious to the public as well as informative and effective. Performance art is at times more effective in the conversion of outside opinions because of the living people that bring a different style to the protest. This also affects peoples opinions because they are instantly surprised at the way the protest is being conveyed. This way of protest is also more clever than holding up signs and is a creative way to affect people. This protest is effective as well as being informative and is definitely an example of of anti war art in the movement against the Vietnam War. (BLOCK 8)
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Courtesy of Norman Carlberg (BLOCK 8)
Example of protest even in fine art during the Vietnam Era

This is an example of protest in fine art during the Vietnam Era. The painting illustrates caskets of soldiers who lost their
lives in the Vietnam War. Without any words or explanations, people can infer that it is anti-war because of the emphasis on those who lost their lives for the country. It has a sense of patriotism because the room is completely decorated in the stars and stripes of our nation. This artist wanted the gist of the painting to be the lives lost in this pointless, unnecessary war. This form of protest is different than many others because it is an example of fine art and shows that these kinds of anti-war arts were not only photographs or posters, but also paintings that expressed a great deal of hostility towards the war. (BLOCK 8)



This photograph is a Pulitzer Prize that shows the internal struggle in the country at the time of the Vietnam War. This citizen of Vietnam is wondering why in his own country his child has been killed by the very army that is supposed to protect them. This photograph shows the effects that the war was not only having on the American army, but also the innocent citizens of Vietnam. Americans would justify all the innocent people being killed by saying that the Vietnamese did not value family and life as much as Americans. This photo proves that is not true. (BLOCK 8)


Courtesy of All Hat No Cattle
Although people at home had heard rumors of the horror in Vietnam, this picture made it come to life. Not only were thousands of men being killed in battle, innocent women and children were experiencing the horrors of the war. It made people in America comes to terms with the fact that Vietnamese people couldn't just turn off their TVs when they were sick of the war, they had to live with it. More than thirty years after the war, this picture is still haunting. (BLOCK 8)



This is a picture of Vietnamese children hiding from the Vietcong with American soldiers. It is an extremely powerful picture, you can see the fear in the eyes of the children, as well as the eyes of the soldier. Neither of them know when the war is going to end, or if they are going to make it out alive. This photograph has a sentiment of hopelessness, which affected the people who saw it greatly. (BLOCK 8)

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Courtesy of northlandposter.com

The American people during the Vietnam War believed that the government was the real enemy. The government pushed the country into the war, and did not listen to the public opinion. America is acting as a poisonous snake, entering a foreign country and destroying it. The public opinion towards the current war in Iraq is similar - the people of the United States believe that Bush is the real threat to the world, similarly destroying another country in which he has no right to do so. The public, in both cases, believed that America's government was abusing its position in the world. (Block 1)


This picture was painted by Vietnamese children! How distubring to see little children drawing
skeletons of soldiers! This is the effect that the war had on children. The children plea for help to bring the soldiers home alive, and to stop the war that is killing all of the adults that they see
around them. The children cry out for their voices to be heard, but the government does not
listen to them. (Block 1)


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Courtesy of vietvet.org

This is a protestor's reenactment of the United States imperialistic tendency during war. The United States believes itself to be superior over all, and it does not stop to question its motives (one of the prominent ones being monetary gains). The United States manipulates and uses other countries, playing on the fears and weaknesses of the people. Does this picture really represent the way that the United States wants to be viewed? Surely not. The United States should act to benefit other countries, not destroy them. (Block 1)

(Block 1) Courtesy of

This war photo taken in 1968
demonstrates the contradiction
between the peace symbol worn by
the soldier and his bandoleer
(representing the necessary brutality
of war). The symbolism of the
photograph also proves that a
majority of the troops hoped for
immediate peace and resolution of
the Vietnam War during their time of
service. (Block 1)

Courtesy of http://www.vietnampix.com/hippie2a.htm
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