Guns vs. Butter was an exhibition of anti-war graphics: for the first time, the contemporary print work of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative was commingled with historical posters from the collection housed in the Interference Archive. The exhibit contextualized the work of current socially-motivated graphics alongside a history of posters as an integral element of popular grassroots movements against war, colonialism, and military occupation. The show highlighted the Iraq Veterans Against the War/Justseeds collaborative portfolio, War is Trauma.
All this talk of blood and iron
It’s the cause of all my shaking
The fatherland’s no place to die for
It makes me want to run out shouting
I hear some talk of guns and butter
That’s something I can do without
If men are only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what’s in my shirt?
– Gang of Four, “Guns Before Butter” (1979)
This exhibition was organized by Justseeds member Shaun Slifer.