In March 2019, I got to dig deep into the Anarchist Archive at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. The archive was convened by Allan Antliff, who works with librarians to maintain, organize, annotate, and build the collection. There was a ton of great stuff I found, but I was drawn to a series of folders containing materials connected to the campaign to free U.S. political prisoner Leonard Peltier. One of the main attractions was the re-purposing and reuse of a standard set of symbols and logos by his supporters. These evolved, warped, and changed over time, largely because as they were physically cut out, copied, and pasted down onto flier after flier, they degraded, stretched, were drawn back into, etc. I photographed about fifty of these images, and have chaotically reorganized them here, in part in an attempt to capture some of the sense of movement and engagement of the source material.
Leonard Peltier is one of the last remaining political prisoners in the U.S. originally locked up as part of the repression of the political movements of the 1960s and 70s. He has spent over 40 years in prison, even after it has been shown that the FBI planted evidence, manufactured witnesses, and lied in court. You can find out more about Peltier and how to support him HERE.