The protest movements that began in major cities across the world in the spring of 1968 also marshaled in a wave of graphic design studios inspired by socialist reform. Agitprop by another name, these politically motivated posters intercepted the attention of passersby with brutal imagery and straightforward messages like, “La guerra es la continuación de la política (The war is the continuation of the political).”
Honoring the spirit of 1968, a new exhibition at kurimanzutto in New York includes more than 60 original posters that once covered the streets of Paris and Mexico City that year. The amount of screen-prints, linocuts, stencils, and lithographs that flooded these cities during the protests is staggering. According to the gallery, 500,000 posters covering 400 different topics were produced by students and faculty at Paris’s School of Fine Arts in May alone.
Entitled Posters from ’68. Paris–Mexico, the kurimanzutto exhibition desires to disseminate the radical imagery and ideas of those past revolutionaries through today’s similarly tense political climate, which demands social action in order to rise above political misconduct.