To Protest? or To Disrespect?

During the Fall of 2017 Pilar created a design installation with the purpose of invoking social commentary. Pilar chose to focus on the national debate about athletes kneeling during the national anthem. Current free agent and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, started this movement two years prior in order to bring attention to social injustices surrounding public official's treatment of African Americans. Kaepernick's movement sparked this national debate due to people's reactions to his actions. Some people feel that the act of kneeling during the national anthem greatly disrespect's the nation and people who serve for the nation. Other people greatly admire Kaepernick's sense of pride and protest.

Pilar portrayed the installation by creating a stencil of Kaepernick kneeling with the type “To Protest? Or To Disrespect?” surrounding him. Pilar spraypainted this stencil on the pages of the Boston Globe sports pages and tiled them into a coordinated layout. She made two versions of the same layout and installed them in two of the most famous sports neighborhoods in Boston. The first installation was outside of Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) and the second was outside of TD Garden (home of the Boston Celtics).


Design & Development by Pilar Pagan O'Connor