Celebrate People's History: For a Society Without Prisons

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.66
Artist:
Josh MacPhee
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
July 2012
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a poster with a white background and an overlay of black, blue, and red to make an explosion and in the center it says "Ka-Booom". There is text in the bottom right corner that says, "“In 1933, the guerrilla group the Red Army Faction bombed the construction site of a new Super Maximum Security Prison in Weiterstadt, Germany. Over $90 million in damage was caused, the opening of the prison was delayed by four years, and no one was seriously injured. This was the final action of the RAF before disbanding For a Society Without Prisons!” — Commando Katharina Hammerschmidt Red Army Faction, March 30, 1993."
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.