Celebrate People's History: Co-Madres

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Nicole Schulman
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GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
December 2010
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A black, brown, and white poster where the background is filled with head shots of people and on the right is a profile of a woman carrying a candle and on her side are paragraphs of text that read: “En los años setenta el gobierno Salvadoreño de la derecha inició un periodo de represión brutal en contra de grupos y personas que participaron en las protestas publicas y otras formas de “actividades subversivas”, usando secuestros o “desapariciones forzadas”, tortura y asesinatos como metodos para intimidarlos y mantenerlos en silencio. Esto periodo duró hasta los años noventa. “El Comité de Madres de los Desparecidos y Asesinatos de El Salvador (Co-Madres) fue fundado por mujeres buscando a sus hijos desaparecidos. Las Co-Madres han trabajado incansablemente y sin temor por los últimos 33 años para documentar y denunciar las desapariciones y asesinatos. Ellas continuarán su misión hasta que los casos sean traídos a la justicia, con el refrán: “Podemos perdonar, pero no podemos olvidar”. “In the 1970’s the right-wing Salvadoran government initiated a period of brutal repression against any group or individual that participated in public protest or other so called “subversive activities,” using abduction or “disappearance,” torture and assassination as methods to intimidate the public into silence. This lasted through the 1990s. “The Committee of the Mothers of the Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador (Co-Madres) was formed by women seeking their missing children. The Co-Madres have worked tirelessly and fearlessly over the past 33 years to document and denounce the disappearances and murders. They will continue their mission until these cases are brought to justice, saying “We can forgive, but we cannot forget”.
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.