miércoles, 6 de agosto de 2014

Celebrate People's History: el Maquis and Matilde Landa posters

Good News!
Hoy hemos recibido un paquete con algunos ejemplares de nuestra participación en el proyecto: «Celebrate People's History». Gracias a Josh y a Interference Archive por ofrecernos la oportunidad de dar a conocer en USA la historia de «el Maquis» y de «Matilde Landa». 

Matilde Landa (1904-1942) was a famous militant of the PCE (Spanish Communist Party) who fought in the Spanish Civil War against Franco’s dictatorship. When the war was over, she was arrested and incarcerated. Since she was a well-known public figure, the fascist regime decided to make an example of her. They tried to force Matilde—a communist and an atheist—to be baptized, threatening to starve the children of her fellow inmates if she didn’t accept. While she wanted what was best for the children, she also couldn't abandon her ideals and everything she believed in. On September 26th, 1942, everything was ready in the Palma de Mallorca Prison for her baptism. Instead she committed suicide, throwing herself from the prison rooftop to the courtyard below. The ecclesiastic authorities present baptized her in "articulo mortis." The poet Miguel Hernandez wrote the poem "A Matilde" in dedication to her.

2 color offset printed poster
11"x17" / unsigned / unlimited edition 

The Spanish Maquis were guerrillas who fought against the Franco regime. They carried out sabotage in Spain, as well as contributing to the fight against Nazi Germany and the Vichy regime in France in the 1940s. The anti-Franco guerrilla resistance in Spain began before the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. The outbreak of World War II so soon after surprised a large part of the Spanish Republican exiles in France; many of them joined the French Resistance. By 1944, with the German forces in retreat, many of the guerrillas refocused their fight towards Spain. Some columns fought on into the Spanish interior and connected with the partisan groups that had remained in the Pyrénées mountains since 1939. The apogee of guerrilla action was between 1945 and 1947. After this, Franco's repression intensified, and little by little the groups were destroyed. Many of their members died or were incarcerated, while others escaped to exile in France. 

1 color offset printed poster
11"x17" / unsigned / unlimited edition

Un Mundo Feliz is a Spanish design project directed by Sonia Díaz and Gabriel Martínez. They aim to create and catalog reusable design elements in order to formulate common vocabulary for visual activism. 

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