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Poster - Agresores del Pueblo Mexic' (Aggressors against the Mexican People)
  • Agresores del Pueblo Mexic' (Aggressors against the Mexican People)
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Agresores del Pueblo Mexic' (Aggressors against the Mexican People)

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Mexico (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    linocut in black ink on newsprint

  • 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.1523-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS4

  • Image in copyright

This poster indicts by name five public figures who played a role in the Tlatelolco Massacre of protesting Mexican students on 2 October, 1968. Among the named are Alfonso Corona del Rosal, then-Mayor of Mexico City, and Luis Echeverría, then-Minister of Interior and later President of Mexico. Under the command of General Crisoforo Monzon, the Mexican Army attacked the unarmed crowd, killing many and injuring many more. Many of the slain bodies were collected by the Army and dumped into the Gulf of Mexico, scandalising the families of victims and the wider community. It was not until 1997, when the government relaunched an investigative committee, that Echeverría officially admitted that the students at the time were leading an unarmed, peaceful protest.

Physical description

Black ink printed on newsprint. Image of four large armed figures and one smaller (female?) figure presiding over a female corpse. The text identifies the characters by name: Cueto, Mendiolea, Frias, Corona del Rosal (Alfonso, then-Mayor of Mexico City) and Echeverría (Luis, then-Minister of Interior and later President).
The body has a full head of hair and wears a dress and boots, with ammunition belts criss-crossing over the torso. Its bony fingers grip a shotgun. The skeleton has fallen prostrate on extracts of the Mexican constitution.

Place of Origin

Mexico (made)

Date

ca. 1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

linocut in black ink on newsprint

Marks and inscriptions

CUETO MENDIOLEA FRIAS CORONA DEL ROSAL ECHEVERRÍA..... AGRESORES DEL PUEBLO MEXIC from the Spanish: [five surnames of public figures]..... Aggressors of the Mexican Public

Dimensions

Height: 35 cm, Width: 47.3 cm

Descriptive line

Aggressors against the Mexican People. Mexican Students protest poster. ca. 1968.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Prop Art:Over 1000 Contemporary Political Posters' by Gary Yanker. New York: Darien House. 1972. page 166, plate 643.

Production Note

made following the State-sanctioned attacks on protesting students in Tlatelolco, Mexico

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Linocut

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Mexico; Protest; Guns; Violence; Skeleton

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters; Olympics

Collection code

PDP

Qr_O102042
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