Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone, Botswana. You Have Struck a Rock. 1981

Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone, Botswana You Have Struck a Rock 1981

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This poster was created for Women's Day, a South African national holiday commemorating a 1956 demonstration in Pretoria. Thousands of women gathered to protest the apartheid government's pass laws, which required black South Africans to carry documents authorizing their presence in racially restricted areas. The text is based on a song that became the anthem of women’s struggle against apartheid and that today represents the strength of South African women in general. The poster was printed by Medu Art Ensemble, a collective of South African exiles and activists formed in 1978 in Gaborone, Botswana, eight miles across the South African border.

Gallery label from Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now.
Medium
Screenprinted poster
Dimensions
composition (irreg.): 21 1/4 x 14 15/16" (54 x 38 cm); sheet: 23 5/8 x 16 9/16" (60 x 42 cm)
Designer
Judy Seidman
Publisher
the artist
Printer
the artist
Edition
approx. 300
Credit
General Print Fund
Object number
434.2010
Copyright
© 2018 Judy Seidman
Department
Drawings and Prints

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