Yo! What Happened to Peace?, was an exhibition of hand-made prints in opposition to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The brainchild of L.A. based artist John Carr, the exhibit had its beginnings in 2002 during the run-up to war in Iraq. Being a print-maker, Carr wanted to put together a traveling exhibit that was not only a political expression, but a celebration of the fine art of printmaking.
Instead of machine printed reproductions, the “Yo!” show consists entirely of handcrafted prints – silkscreens, lithographs, linocuts, woodcuts and stencils. The collection is a striking example of contemporary political poster making, and I’m happy to have four of my early prints in the exhibition.
Past showings were held in Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Milan, Rejkyavik, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago. On April 14th, 2007, Yo! What Happened to Peace?, opened at the House of Love and Dissent in Rome, Italy. The opening was also the launch for the exceptional catalog book that documented the traveling exhibition. You can preview the Rome exhibit here, as well as view a number of prints from the exhibition and its catalog.
Edited by John Carr, the “Yo!” book features a unique embossed stencil cover, and reproductions of the 220 plus handcrafted anti-war and pro-peace prints by some 120 artists that have come to define the touring poster exhibition.