Indecline travels the Cuban countryside

2016 In Decline: The Year in Pictures

This year, when news happened, Indecline was there. A nonprofit activist collective founded in 2001 that fights ecological, government and social injustices through guerrilla art campaigns, Indecline sparked thought, spurred commentary and churned out controversy. The collective’s more than 50 active members in the U.S. and about a dozen in Europe use 100 percent of the proceeds from thisisindecline.com to create new disruptions. Indecline produced around 10 pieces in 2016, but caught international media attention with the “#BlackLivesMatter : Hollywood” and “The Emperor Has No Balls” projects—one of its fabled Trump statues landed in Downtown Las Vegas in September. Here’s an exclusive look at the year that was from the lenses of the activists of Indecline.

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The Emperor Has No Balls

Union Square, New York City. August 18, 2016.

Indecline illegally installed five lifesize sculptures of Donald Trump in five major U.S. cities on the same day at the same time. Hundreds of people flocked to the monuments to take photographs before authorities removed them. The Los Angeles statue was put up for auction along with pieces by Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Banksy and fetched $22,000. It was purchased by Michael Jackson’s costume designer. The proceeds were given to the National Immigration Forum.


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USA: Now Hiring/Keep Out

Indecline and Jaber mural on the U.S./Mexico border wall in response to America’s polarizing immigration issue.

This piece, alongside others criticizing Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans being rapists and criminals, later became a photo op for Chinese tour buses traveling through Tijuana.


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Cuba

A view from the backseat of a classic car.

Indecline traveled the Cuban countryside for one last glimpse of the infamous cultural time capsule before the gates of tourism were stormed and American and European imperialism took over.


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#BlackLivesMatter : Hollywood

Indecline illegally installed a dozen plaques over Hollywood Walk of Fame stars in Los Angeles to bring attention to the black men and women unjustly murdered by American police officers. The project was an attack on police brutality as well as a plea to U.S. citizens to redirect attention away from pop culture and focus on more relevant issues affecting the country.


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Athens

Smoldering remnants of the epic annual battle between Greek police and anarchists commemorated the killing of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by Greek police in 2008.

Despite the officer involved being given a life sentence, the anarchists still hold the police accountable for their actions and firebomb them for hours every year on December 6.


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We Got Bills/We Got Taxes/We Got Dreams

Indecline’s corporate billboard liberation on the roof of an abandoned warehouse just outside the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey is a statement on economic distress that’s viewed by 100,000-plus motorists a day.

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