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Poster - "We are our own liberators - ZANLA"
  • "We are our own liberators - ZANLA"
    The Poster Collective
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"We are our own liberators - ZANLA"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1976 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The Poster Collective (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offset 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR27

The acronym ZANLA stands for the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army. They waged a guerrilla war for independence against White Rhodesian rule. This poster, with its simple and direct message of defiance, draws on the symbolic colours found in Zimbabwe's national flag. Green symbolises agriculture and African land while yellow (or gold) represents prosperity. Red, meanwhile, signifies the blood which was spilled to secure independence for black Africans.

Physical description

Dark blue silhouette of a freedom fighter. Image in yellow, red and green. Blue border across upper margin.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1976 (made)


The Poster Collective (designers)

Materials and Techniques

colour offset lithograph


Height: 74.6 cm, Width: 48.5 cm

Descriptive line

Zimbabwean nationalist propaganda poster

Production Note

printed in London


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Colonialism; Independence


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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