Here’s a somewhat audacious print, the result of playfully mashing my crush on old, now overly-decorative display fonts with the transparent ink of a Risograph machine.
The idea for this poster came from an article I read recently about the radical history of fighting for public memorials to challenge nationalist agendas in Berlin: “What America Can Learn from Berlin’s Struggle to Face It’s Violent Past” (Hunter Oatman-Stanford, Collector’s Weekly). In the piece, the author discusses Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt/Berlin History Workshop, one group at the forefront of a 1980’s push for public works that would address Germany’s violent history. Those variant and deeply moving memorials are now comfortably a part of the landscape of Berlin, but the paradigm shift which made that a reality took years of work (some of it extralegal) to realize. Tactically, I could relate.
Grabe wo du stehst!
Towards re-imagining a People’s History on the everyday streets of the United States!
If “the strike was broken” every time you read about a worker’s struggle that happened on the soil you’re standing on, you might begin to think that every strike has always been broken, and the horizon of collective action and potential for true solidarity might seem like an ideological fantasy…