Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Calls to Action / protest / Propaganda
El Lissitzky's "Beat The Whites With The Red Wedge" pro-Bolshevik, anti-imperialist Constructivist poster.
Rodchenko's "Books on every subject" poster against book censorship. See the use of composition and typography to represent a shout of those phrases. See other powerful Russian Propaganda Posters here.
Atelier Populaire's posters produced in protest against the conservative rule of Charles de Gaulle's government, due to mass unemployment and poverty caused by his government . Students of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris staged strikes and demonstrations alongside dissatisfied factory workers, and used their lithography department to produce their graphic, impactful protest posters which were distributed anonymously to publicise their cause. See a great catalogue of their posters in Camberwell College of Arts Special Collection library.
Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp anti-nuclear banners, using traditionally feminine craft skills to make political statements on feminism and peace.