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Air India / Immigrant Labour

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1976 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The Poster Collective (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR26

The subject of this poster is exploitative immigrant labour. It charges that we are all complicit in appreciating the seemingly exotic splendour of faraway places while ignoring the commonplace labour injustices inflicted on immigrants from those same places.

Physical description

Black and white photographic image of a glamourous, smiling Asian flight attendant dressed in an ornate sari and jewellery. This is paired with an image of an immigrant cleaner pushing a dustbin and cleaning supplies through an airport lounge. Text below.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1976 (made)


The Poster Collective (designers)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Rajput windows and the ethereal voice of the sitar./ Murals of the legends of Krishna and silks and brocades from Rajasthan./ A glimpse of India on your way to New York./ AIR-INDIA

Ash trays and the extensive dirty floors of the airport./ The arrivals and departure board of Heathrow and the overalls from Acme./ A glimpse of exploitation on your way to New York./ IMMIGRANT-LABOUR


Height: 53.3 cm, Width: 78.8 cm

Descriptive line

Anti-labour exploitation poster in black & white, Poster Collective, Tolmers Square, United Kingdom, ca. 1976


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Immigrant; Labour; Propaganda; Flight attendant; Exploitation; Worker


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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