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Poster - Victory To The Freedom Fighters of Southern Africa
  • Victory To The Freedom Fighters of Southern Africa
    Romero, Rachael
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Victory To The Freedom Fighters of Southern Africa

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Romero, Rachael (designer)
    San Francisco Poster Brigade (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linocut

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.340-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 61, box E

The year 1977 saw heavy fighting in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) between black freedom fighters and the white minority government. 1977 was also the year that journalist Donald Woods published his book Biko (named for the black activist Steve Biko, who died whilst in police custody in September that year), focusing the world's attention on atrocities in South Africa. In this image, the chiselled facial lines of the freedom fighters suggest nobility and endurance, while the vibrant background fits the poster within the context of underground art and protest.

Physical description

Black male flanked by two female freedom fighters depicted on a vibrant colour background printed in a gradation from red to yellow.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Romero, Rachael (designer)
San Francisco Poster Brigade (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Linocut

Marks and inscriptions

'Victory to the Freedom Fighters of Southern Africa'

Dimensions

Height: 57.2 cm, Width: 44.7 cm

Descriptive line

Poster issued by the San Francisco Poster Brigade, USA, 1977

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Linocut

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Racial discrimination; Warriors; War; Women; Men; Apartheid; Racism; Freedom

Categories

Propaganda; Prints; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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