Celebrate People's History: Las 17+

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.99
Artist:
Mincho Vega
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
May 2018
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a black and white and red poster where there is a uterus in handcuffs in the center of the image. There is a red framing around it and there is text above and below. Top text reads: “Beginning in 1999, women in El Salvador have been charged with aggravated homicide for premature death in their wombs. At least seventeen are known internationally for receiving prison sentences up to 50 years for aggravated homicide. All went to hospitals in desperation—with no proof beyond their pelvic pain, blood loss, and no longer being pregnant. There is no presumption of innocence.” Bottom text reads: “Las 17+ are the living martyrs of five centuries of war against the self-determination of earth-colored women—women who once held rights to the land and dominion over there own bodies, their wombs included. Las 17+ are victims of a nation in grief, collusion of power between right-wing politicians, the Roman Catholic Church, and the evangelical religious orders. Las 17+ are all poor, most mothers, some illiterate, disabled, depressed, suicidal, survivors of rape and incest. Some live as in-house maids, homemakers, seamstresses, farmworkers, domestic workers, childcare providers, and they represent only a fraction of the 130 women who have been prosecuted for exercising or supporting a choice all women should have. Las 17+ are like the jaguars who stay wild and defiant, whether caged or free. Salvadoreñas are like the Ceiba trees growing from ancient land, standing with deep roots they endure.”
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. "Beginning in 1999, women in El Salvador have been charged with aggravated homicide for premature death in their wombs. At least seventeen are known internationally for receiving prison sentences up to 50 years for aggravated homicide. All went to hospitals in desperation, seeking help. All left in handcuffs, accused of abortion—with no proof beyond their pelvic pain, blood loss, and no longer being pregnant. There is no presumption of innocence. Las 17+ are the living martyrs of five centuries of war against the self-determination of earth-colored women—women who once held rights to the land and dominion over their own bodies, their wombs included. Las 17+ are all poor, most mothers, some illiterate, disabled, depressed, suicidal, survivors of rape and incest. Some live as in-house maids, homemakers, seamstresses, farmworkers, domestic workers, childcare providers, and they represent only a fraction of the 130 women who have been prosecuted for exercising or supporting a choice all women should have. Las 17+ are victims of a nation in grief, collusion of power between right-wing politicians, the Roman Catholic Church, and the evangelical religious orders. Las 17+ are like the jaguars who stay wild and defiant, whether caged or free. Salvadoreñas are like the Ceiba trees growing from ancient land, standing with deep roots they endure."

Library of Congress Subjects:
History
Social justice
Gender
Health