Celebrate People's History: Audre Lorde

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.67
Artist:
Arthur Katrina
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
May 2013
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a white, lavender, and black poster that has a drawing of Audre Lorde that is surrounded by text. At the top it says, “Audre Lorde Gambda Adisa NYC, USA born February 16, 1934 — Died November 17, 1992 St. Croix” and then, “Black lesbian mother warrior poet”. Below this is a quote: “And when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid so it is better to speak remembering we are never meant to survive” — A Litany for Survival and then text on her image reads "“She who makes her meaning known”.
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.