Celebrate People's History: El Hijo del Ahuizote

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Santiago Armengod
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
October 2010
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A brown, tan, and green poster where there is a fist in the center clasped around a piece of paper and then two portraits below it facing away from each other representing Magón and Posada. The text below the portraits says: “El Hijo del Ahuizote was a revolutionary newspaper that fought against Porfirio Diaz’ dictatorship in Mexico. The paper combined with the anarchist ideas of Ricardo Flores Magón and his bother Enrique, with Jose Guadalupe Posada’s graphics to unleash a war against authoritarianism. Founded in 1885, it was shut down and censored multiple times. Even after the paper fell victim to repression, Magón and Posada were involved in other publications that expressed the same unrest and helped pave the road towards the Mexican Revolution of 1910.” “That which is maintained with blood and fire through blood and fire shall fall” — Ricardo Flores Magón “El Hijo del Ahuizote fue un periódico revolucionario que lucho contra la dictadura de Porfirio Diaz en Mexico. La publicación combinó el pensamiento anarquista de Ricardo Flores Magón y su hermano Enrique, con la gráfica popular de protesta de Jose Guadalupe Posada para desatar una larga guerra contra el autoritarismo, que despues de que el periódico se ve reprimido y cerrado definitivamente se expresa en otras publicaciones que juntas irían a ayudar a pavimentar el camino hacia la Revolucion Mexicana en 1910.” “Qe a sangre y fuego caiga, lo que a sangre y fuego se mantiene.” — Ricardo Flores Magón
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.