Alistair Bennett (British, born 1975)
Hope [Burning Man]
The clenched fist has long been used as a symbol of resistance. This can be traced back to the 19th century, when revolutionaries first used it against the European monarchies. It was later adopted by Europe's anti-fascist movement. In the 1960's, most famously through Tommy Smith and John Carlos at the Mexico City Olympics, it became both an iconic symbol of the Black Power Movement and a universal representation of the struggle for civil and human rights. The image symbolises the ongoing racism and injustice throughout the world, but it is also a beacon of power, pride and perseverance - holding the promise of 'Hope'.