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Medu posters: Images from exile


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A selection of posters from Medu Art Ensemble, Botswana

`What does true political conciousness mean to the artist in my country? We need to clearly popularise and give dignity to the just thoughts and deeds of the people... It was in Medu Art Ensemble where the role of an artist concretised itself: the role of an artist is to learn; the role of an artist is to teach others; the role of an artist is to ceaselessly search for the ways and means of achieving freedom. Art cannot overthrow a government, but it can inspire change.'

Thami Mnyele, Culture and Resistance Festival, Gaborone. 1982.

AL2446_2617 This poster is silkscreened in black and red, produced by Thami Mnyele and J Seidman, who based it on a woodcut by Figlan Mpikaypheli of the removals at Soekmakaas

 

AL2446_2618 NOW YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE WOMEN YOU HAVE STRUCK A ROCK:YOU HAVE DISLODGED A BOULDER;YOU WILL BE CRUSHED.WELCOME HOME DOROTHY AL2446_0457AL2446_0597 16 JUNE : THE COURAGE OF OUR YOUTH ENSURES OUR VICTORY

AL2446_2619 THERE SHALL BE WORK AND SECURITY ALL SHALL ENJOY EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS AFRICA MAYIBUYE THE PEOPLE SHALL GOVERN AL2446_0128 WOMEN ARISE: ORGANISE, UNITE FOR PEOPLE'S POWER!AL2446_1556 DECEMBER 16 : HEROES-DAY This Heroes Day poster shows a soldier carrying a gun, reaching out to a young child and older man. The text, which refers to one of Oliver Tambo's speeches reads: "let us arm ourselves with the fearlessness of Shaka; the vision and endurance of Moshoeshoe; the dedication and farsightedness of Sol Plaatje, the military initiative and guerilla tactics of MaqomaAL2446_2616 TELL MY PEOPLE THAT I LOVE THEM AND THAT THEY MUST CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE  by Solomon Mahlang

 

 

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