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VOTER c'est mourir un peu

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1968 (Designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph

  • 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.668-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3, shelf G, box 26

This poster proclaims the disillusionment young Parisian students felt towards voting as a means of positive political and social change. The ballot box is depicted as a coffin. The Lorraine Cross on the coffin lid once represented freedom in France: it was used by General de Gaulle as a symbol of hope during the Resistance movement of World War II. The cross is subverted to represent the failures of De Gaulle's government. The underlying message alleges that the electoral process has failed the French people.The students were pushing for revolutionary change brought about by protest and demonstrations.

Physical description

Text above and below central image of a coffin cum ballot box inscribed with the Lorraine Cross.

Place of Origin

Paris (Designed and printed)

Date

1968 (Designed and printed)

Artist/maker

Atelier Populaire (Maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

VOTER/ c'est/ MOURIR/ UN PEU
from the French: Voting is to die a little

Dimensions

Height: 65 cm, Width: 50.1 cm

Descriptive line

"Voter c'est mourir un peu", anonymous student poster mocking the usefulness of voting by depicting a ballot box-cum-coffin, France, 1968

Production Note

made by protesting students, possibly in conjuction with the Atelier Populaire

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Coffin; Lorraine Cross; Agitprop; Radicalism; Elections; Protest; Ballot boxes; Politics

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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