Celebrate People's History: 8.8.88

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.25
Artist:
Nicholas Ganz (Keinom)
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
May 2007
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
A red, blue, and white poster that has the title of "8.8.88" and "The Democratic Uprising in Burma". There are people in blue print at the bottom who are carried posters with an image of a person. There is text of white in the right that reads, "On August 8th, 1988, hundreds of thousands of workers, students, monks, mothers and children gathered in the streets all across Burma to demand an end to the brutal military dictatorship. As a response the military junta sent troops to quell the uprising and in the following weeks 10,000 people were murdered. Thousands fled to the border and into Thailand to gain refuge. Others joined rebel armies and took up arms to protect their people and fight for freedom. 8.8.88 made visible the resistance against the military and has become an enduring symbol of the Burmese struggle for democracy.”
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.