Kenyon College

Recurring Symbols in Zapatista


Drawing from indigenous, Catholic, and communist imagery, the Zapatistas rely on a diverse symbolic language to communicate their message of resistance and solidarity. This key offers a more in-depth look at some of the recurring symbols present in Zapatista propaganda.

Please click here to see the major symbols used in the works on view in Zapatista: Imagery of the Peasant Revolutionary.

– by Natasha Siyumbwa ’17

Image: Produced by Gráfica Malla, ¡El Zapatismo existe Y resiste!, date unknown. Poster. 26 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches. Cultural ephemera preserved at Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY.