Activist sticks his head to Dutch artwork in protest against oil companies

An activist sticks her head to Dutch art ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ in an act of protest against oil companies.

Climate activists have been in a bit of a rut lately when it comes to throwing food and sticking to various works of art in museums and to be clear, nothing they’ve done n actually damaged the art in any way.

The museum said: ‘We immediately inspected the painting, which our restorers did. Fortunately, the paint was not damaged.

Here’s what the protesters did, as described by the Mauritshuis: “One person stuck his head against the painting, which was behind glass, and the other stuck his hand against the green wall next to the painting.”

“A third person threw an unknown substance on the board.”

While the effects of this type of protest have very little data to support whether they have positive or negative impacts on the intended audience, the immediate reactions to these stunts have often been negative.

When this particular climate activist stuck her head to Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ artwork, which hangs in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, visitors reportedly cried ‘shame’ and ‘you’re stupid’ while activists read their speeches. It’s kind of funny that what is probably a group of tourists, in an art museum, berates modern artistic expression against the existential threat of man-made ecological catastrophe.

While activists can create an overall negative impact on people’s perception of climate change, their anger and frustration are understandable given the circumstances. When the systems of repression that our late-stage capitalist world organization creates normalize the destruction of the climate while that same system simultaneously engages in it, the weight can be infuriating for those paying attention.

While I don’t think their methods improve public perception of climate justice or anthropogenic climate change, I agree with their message, something that hopefully doesn’t get lost in translation when you read articles like these. Although it is doubtful that other outlets are as charitable.

To listen to their message, check out the Tweet embedded below.

To learn more about climate change responsibilities, watch this video here.

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