Celebrate People's History

Jana Sanskriti Poster

I contributed this blockprint to the Celebrate People's History poster series after visiting the Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in West Bengal, just before the publication of the poster series in book form by the Feminist Press.

Series curator Josh MacPhee writes, "The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced and distributed political propaganda, but detoured to embody principles of democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of history. It’s rare today that a political poster is celebratory, and when it is, it almost always focuses on a small canon of male individuals: MLK, Ghandi, Che, or Mandela. Rather than create another exclusive set of heroes, I’ve generated a diverse set of posters that bring to life successful moments in the history of social justice struggles. To that end, I’ve asked artists and designers to find events, groups, and people who have moved forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more equitable and just world. The posters tell stories from the subjective position of the artists, and are often the stories of underdogs, those written out of history. The goal of this project is not to tell a definitive history, but to suggest a new relationship to the past."

In 2018 Celebrate People's History: the Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution was published in Korean and the posters continue to exhibit all over the world.