Kenyon College

Language and Zapatista


Many contend that the visual arts are one of the few forms of communication that transcend language barriers. While that may be true of many works, there are a growing number of contemporary artworks that make heavy use of text. Rather than an afterthought, the text in these works are an integral part of the messaging of the piece and being unable to understand the written content limits the viewer. Such is the case with many of the posters and ephemera in Zapatista: Imagery of the Peasant Revolutionary. In order to provide visitors with the fuller understanding of the works on view in the exhibition, the Gund Associates (interns) prepared English translations of each.

Please click here to view these translations.

– Compiled by Roberto Vásquez ‘19

Image: Produced by ECPM-68/Gráfica Malla, La sed de poder mata: justicia de agua, sticker design and production dates unknown. 6 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches. Cultural ephemera preserved at Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY.