Celebrate People's History: Korean Peasants League

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.19
Related artists
Nicole Schulman
Dustin Chang
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
November 2006
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
Poster is titled: “The Korean Peasants League". A brown, green, and tan poster of a woman on the left side sitting in a green field and she is combing through a plant. There is text below her. The main text reads: “The Korean Peasants League fights in solidarity with the indigenous farmers of the world against the destructive policies of the World Trade Organizations. Since its creation, the WTO has forced developing nations like South Korea to import foreign produce such as rice and cut subsidies to their own agriculture. In consequences, hundreds of farmers have lost their land, their livelihoods, and thousands of years of traditions. On September 10, 2003, world attention was focused on the Korean Peasants League when one of their most respected leaders, Lee Kyung Haw, took his own life during a protest at the Fifth Ministerial of the WTO in Cancun. The League continues to struggle against the neoliberal agenda of the WTO and the forces of globalization.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.