Celebrate People's History: EZLN

Kate Luscher
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
July 2008
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
An image of browns, reds, and yellows. The title is at the top with "EZLN" and below it is a family of people where they are all wearing masks and the children in the front are looking up at the woman in the center. There are small corns plants on the bottom either side of the image and at the bottom there is the "Celebrate People's History" logo. "An amazing block print celebrating the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN), or the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The Zapatistas emerged on January 1st, 1994 out of the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico to protest the North American Free Trade Agreement and the continued encroachment of the Mexican government and big business into the lands of the indigenous peoples of Mexico."
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.