Celebrate People's History: Madres do Plaza de Mayo

John Isaacson
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
September 2009
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
An orange, black, and white poster with a title at the top, "Madres De Plaza De Mayo", and two women in white scarves carrying a poster that is partially out of frame. There is text all around them that reads: “They only draw the outline of a body on the pavement… for how do you talk about the dead?” - Marjorie Agostin “Between 1976 and 1983 thousands of young people in Argentina were secretly kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by agents of the state. Their mothers and grandmothers would gather to bear witness to the absence of their children.”
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.