Social struggles foster cultural output. In the anti-Apartheid fight in South Africa, amid the writing, the songs and the theatre, was the poster: a simple, evocative and unique way of promoting the struggle.
Of the role of women: ‘now you have touched the women you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder; you will be crushed’.
Of the worker, still entirely (globally) relevant today: ‘we made South Africa rich. We built the roads, the cars, the clothes we wear, the shops, the factories and the food we eat. But in South Africa millions of workers and their families live in poverty, hunger and starvation’.
The story of these posters come from the following book:
Red on Black: The Story of the South African Poster Movement, by Judy Seidman.