TO MAIN ART GALLERY
Offset poster 17" x 21" inches
Mark Vallen's 1985 poster played a historic role in
the movement to liberate South Africa from white racist
print was eventually included in The Path of Resistance,
an exhibition of contemporary protest art held at
New York City's Museum of Modern Art in 2000. Organized
by Joshua Siegal and Susan Kismaric, the exhibit traced
40 years of socially critical and politically charged
created this poster in 1985 to support the freedom
struggle of the South African people, who were living
under a brutally racist white minority regime. Used
at anti-apartheid rallies, student occupations of
universities, and protests in front of South African
embassies all across the US - thousands of these posters
were given away, sold, and wheat-pasted on city streets.
1985 the administration of Ronald Reagan was openly
supporting the apartheid regime in South Africa. Nelson
Mandela was in prison and regarded as a 'terrorist'
of the U.S. Congress.
people all over the world were supporting Mandela's
African National Congress (ANC) and the movement for
a free and democratic South Africa. I was naturally
overjoyed with the eventual liberation of Mandela,
the total defeat of the criminal racist regime, and
the victory of the South African freedom struggle."