Celebrate People's History: Ghassan Kanafani
Medium:2 Color Offset Printed Poster
This is a poster of different shades of red, black and white where a man is sitting at a desk with a pen in his mouth. There are four people at a desk writing behind him. There is a box of text in the right side of the image that says, “Ghassan Kanafani (1936-1972) worked as a journalist, a literary critic, and as a fiction writer. He was a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and wrote extensively on the Palestinian struggle. With Anni Høver, much of his effort focused on the rights of children and education. He was assassinated in Beirut in 1972.”
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.