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Amid the tensions of the cold war era in the 1970's, a group of young people responded to the violent colonial wars abroad and repression at home by working together to create hand-printed oppositional posters used in numerous campaigns and educational contexts. The collective members created these posters on a voluntary basis, whilst squatting in various buildings until this was no longer possible. A book has now been designed to document the posters and tell the story of our attempt to create a critical viewpoint on both past events and those of the day.
“For the last 30 years almost 250 laminated posters have been stored and preserved in boxes under my bed. Several times, I attempted to donate them to museums but failed because of the lamination. 10 years ago, I archived most of them onto a website but knew they should be documented in a way that would make them accessible for current and future generations. Jane (my daughter) suggested making a book to document the collective’s work. She has since collaborated on the editing, structuring and reading of the material.
For over 2 years, Levi Lawrence and Luca Barbieri also worked consistently on the project. Levi (a photographer) took batches of the laminated posters each week and scanned almost 200 of them. Luca (a graphic designer) worked to get the book print ready. These extraordinary young people worked with me for more than 2 years without remuneration or recognition. Other young people have also given support by taking printed sets of our history posters away to show around (see photos on next page). We have organized, captioned, and ordered the posters so that they make sense in the book. The text - placing the posters in context - has been written and edited and members of the collective have contributed personal stories of the period.
Finally, a video was made to explain the project and this fundraising site to make the printing possible. This book has been created because many people, including young people, believe the posters need to be documented in physical form. There have been many times in the process where I was ready to give up on the book and was even advised to put all the posters that have invaded my house for all these years on a skip! But despite the endless hours of work and the painful process, the book is now complete and ready to print. The original 200 laminated posters have finally been donated to the Marx Memorial Library in London, and will be exhibited to the public along with the book launch.”
Chris Halsall (original member of the poster collective).
Chris Luca Levi
“About two years ago, I started working with Levi & Chris on the book. I was inspired by the hundreds of revolutionary posters that were made by a collective of people living alternatively and working voluntarily to bring about change, awareness and justice. Similarly, using our combined creative skills and voluntary spare time, we have been working on the book. Levi and I (along with many other friends) strongly believe the work and time period of the poster collective must be documented, in order to inspire our generation and those to come.”
Any donation towards the printing would be very much appreciated, and we are happy to keep you informed on the process and the book launch. Or, if you would like to receive a set of 12 lithographic or silkscreened history posters (printed in the 1980s) in exchange for a donation and if you would like to read more about the collective and the context of the posters.......
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