Zapatista: Imagery of the Peasant Revolutionary examines the use of Mexican folk-nationalist iconography in ephemera, posters, and media interventions by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN, or Zapatistas), a revolutionary leftist political group in the impoverished Mexican state of Chiapas. The Gund Associate (intern)-curated exhibition features Zapatista imagery alongside selections of prints by masters of the Mexican public art projects of the early 20th century to explore the power structures linking and slipping between these politicized images, and to consider why the uniquely Mexican visual language of the Zapatistas resonates so strongly with other alternative globalization and human rights movements.
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Images: Cultural ephemera preserved at Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY. Images courtesy of the Archive.