Celebrate People's History: Chico Mendes

Colin Matthes
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
May 2015
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a light blue, red, and cream poster where there are "images" of portraits and there is a sash beneath that has text on it. There is red text beneath the name section that reads: “Chico Mendes. They killed our leader but not our struggle! Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper and union organizer deep in the Amazon Rainforest, pioneered the combination of environmental and social justice. Chico’s murder brought international attention and worldwide support to the movement to save the Amazon Rainforest. In leading this struggle to preserve the Amazon, Chico Mendes made a lot of trouble for a lot of powerful people. —Andrew Revkin"
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.