Since 1998 the Celebrate People’s History Project has produced an amazing array of political posters by different artists from around the world, each highlighting a historical example of social struggle. Here in New Zealand for the first time is the complete series, celebrating important acts of resistance by both individuals and collective movements who have fought tirelessly for social justice. From the Spanish Revolution to feminist labour organisers, indigenous movements to environmental sustainability, protests against racism to the Korean Peasant’s League — Celebrate People’s History canvases global movements in collaboration with a global network of artists.
Visually the posters are as diverse as the topics themselves. Screenprint, woodcut, linocut, illustration, line art and traditional graphic design all feature in full colour — employed to engage in much needed critical reflection about aspects of our history often overlooked by mainstream narratives. A seamless welding of art and politics, Celebrate People’s History is sure to excite the history junkie, poster enthusiast, art student and social activist alike.
Celebrate People’s History
May 17 – 29, 2010
Monday May 17th at 5.30pm
Eastside Gallery at the Linwood Community Arts Centre
Corner Worcester Street and Stanmore Road
Images can be made available for media/press by request, or preview some of the works here: http://www.justseeds.org/subjects/celebrate_peoples_history_1/