Celebrate People's History: Loukanikos the Riot Dog

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.97
Artist:
Zola
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
April 2018
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a white, pink, and navy blue poster that centers around a person and dog holding hands/paws and there is a ring of roses behind them. There is a title above and then text at the bottom that reads: “When the 2008 global economic crisis and police impunity sparked massive social unrest in Greece, anarchist took center stage in the struggle. Loukanikos was one of the stray dogs that attended most of the anti-austerity riots in Athens between 2008 and 2012. Named after his appreciation of sausages, Loukanikos loyally accompanied protestors in their confrontation with riot cops, inspiring so many to keep up the struggle—in Greece and around the world.”
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.