EZLN, Tierra y Libertad, Kate Luscher
This book collects the posters produced by the Celebrate People’s History project over a period of 12 years. Although the project’s director, Josh MacPhee, is a Chicago-based anarchist, he has commissioned them from a wide variety of artists engaged in different campaigns around the world.
The common theme is a celebration of the resistance of the oppressed. MacPhee says he was keen to produce posters that celebrate collective fights, not just high-profile individuals.
He champions the political poster and its potential to provoke debate in a public space which is usually dominated by corporate ideology.
The quality of the posters varies enormously. The most beautiful are the woodcuts, such as Tierra y Libertad by Kate Luscher (above). It commemorates the uprising in the mid-1990s of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico.
But most are sloppily executed and fail to overcome the tension between a striking graphic and a history lesson – they are far too wordy. Little wonder that half of them are “printed here for the first time”.
While the book, at $24.95, isn’t worth buying, some of the posters are. You can find many online at justseeds.org and microcosmpublishing.com
A quietly evocative film
Remaining true to Egypt’s revolution
A photo book that captures a fashion revolution
Shadow of #MeToo hangs over new BBC thriller