Picture of a protest banner. Black marker on pink background. Spelling the words ‘L’amore è un gesto politico’ [‘Love is a political gesture’].


Love is a Political Act

Contributed by Tommaso Trillò, 2016

Keywords: Protest banner, Non una di Meno

This picture, taken during the Non Una di Meno rally in Rome in November 2016, shows a protest banner carried by a participant. Non Una di Meno is an Italian feminist network, founded in June 2016. The biggest achievement of the movement was to bring 200,000 people to the streets of Rome for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to protest against patriarchal violence.

The protest banner reads ‘L’amore è un atto politico‘, literally translating to ’Love is a political act’.

Following Judith Butler, who states in Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly that ‘the unchosen character of earthly cohabitation is […] the condition of our very existence as ethical and political beings’, I believe that real and enduring equality can only be achieved through a radical politics of solidarity among all beings; a way of doing politics that stems from the realization that we are ‘unchosen together’ and that our very existence depends on ‘unchosen others’. Considering the latter, the picture of this banner, which was taken during my fieldwork, is for me the best visual representation of this radical politics.