Celebrate People's History: Guerreras de Las Barricadas (Oaxaca Women's Resistance)

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.36
Related artists
Tim Simons
Barucha Calamity Peller
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
March 2009
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
Poster is titled “Oaxaca Women’s Resistance." A brown, white, and orange poster showing people in black and white in the center of the poster. The main girl is holding up ann image of an explosion. The title is at the top, "Oaxaca 2006: Women's Resistance" and another at the bottom "Guerreras De Las Barricadas". Text on the poster reads: “En el 2006, el levantamiento que se dio on Oaxaca, México contra el regimen represivo y neoliberal del gobernador Ulises Ruiz ocupó la capital del Estado por más de seis meses. La mujeres jugaron un rol primordial, manteniendo barricadas y organizando acciones espontáneas y directas como las ocupaciones masivas de canales de television y estaciones de radio. Los roles opresivos de género cambiaban, las mojeres oaxaqueñas se organizaban de manera autónoma en la cara del estado y de la violencia de los paramilitares, las violaciones y la oposición de las esferas predominantemente masculinas del movimeiento. Estas revolucionarias desataron un poderoso proceso de transformación personal y colectiva que amenazaba la raíz de su opresión dentro de la casa, el estado, y la economía global. Durante el levantamiento, las mujeres utilizaron tácticas inovadoras como cazuelas y sartenes para hacer ruido así como espejos que sostenían frente a las filas de la policía federal con la leyenda: “Somos violadores” escrito a lo largo del reflejo como respuesta a la policía y su uso de las violaciónes sexuales como táctica represiva. The translation of the text is also included: "In 2006, an uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico against the repressive neoliberal regime of governor Ulises Ruiz occupied the state capitol for six months. Women played a key role maintaining barricades and spontaneously organizing militant mass actions such as occupations of TV and radio stations. Oppressive gender roles shifted as Oaxacan women self-organized in the face of state and paramilitary violence, rape, and opposition from male-dominated spheres of movement. These revolutionaries unleashed a powerful process of personal and collective transformation that threatened the foundations of their oppression within the household, the state, and the global economy. Women in the uprising utilized tactics such as noisy pots and pans, marches, as well as holding up mirrors to federal police lines with “we are rapists” written across the reflections in response to the police’s use of sexual violence as a repressive tactic.”
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.