Reclaiming the “F” Word

Feminist poster from Sri Lanka

[ Rural Women Unite Against Violence – Anonymous silkscreen poster from Sri Lanka, produced in the early 1970s. Created for the Network of Rural Women’s Groups/Baddegama, Sri Lanka. On display at Reclaiming the “F” Word. ]

Mentioned on this web log from time to time, L.A.’s irreplaceable Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) has once again curated an exhibit of great importance to designers, artists, and activists. Reclaiming the “F” Word: Posters on International Feminisms, will premier at the California State University Northridge Art Galleries. Reading from the CSPG press release for the exhibit:

“The national and international posters in this exhibition reflect a deepening awareness that women’s struggles, women’s leadership and women’s activism throughout the world challenge oppressive conditions in diverse and creative ways. Posters from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America explore class, race and gender as they show women at the forefront of struggles for human rights and social change.

Powerful graphics depict diverse feminist issues from the suffragettes to the activism of the 1970s to today. The family unit, childcare, labor, ecology, trafficking and violence are just some of the topics covered. Posters show women organizing against the Viet Nam War and against Apartheid in South Africa. They decry the ongoing murders of women in Juarez, Mexico and use of rape as a military weapon in Darfur, Sudan.”

After its premier at CSUN, Reclaiming the “F” Word will travel nationally and internationally under the auspices of the CSPG. The exhibit is the result of a call for Feminist poster art issued by the CSPG in April 2007, an appeal that I eagerly published on this web log. While it is obviously too late to submit entries to Reclaiming the “F” Word, the organization excepts submissions of posters to their archives the year round. The CSPG collection of historic and contemporary graphics dealing with social change movements currently numbers at around 50,000 unique pieces.

Reclaiming the “F” Word runs at the California State University Northridge Art Galleries from June 3 to July 3, 2008. An Opening Reception for the show takes place on Saturday June 7, 2008, from 2 to 5 pm. The gallery is located at 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330. There is no admission charge for the exhibit but parking is $5.00. For more details visit the CSPG website.

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