Curated by Carol Wells, Founder and Executive Director, Center for the Study of Political Graphics in partnership with the Otis Integrated Learning class Designing the Political led by faculty Guy Bennett and Kerri Steinber
Climate change, outsourced jobs, pollution, wars—globalization affects every aspect of life on this planet. As the crises escalate and resources diminish, activists and artists throughout the world are speaking with a clarity and coherence exceeding that of most politicians. Their message: as our planet shrinks, we'd better all start getting along.
The anti-globalization movement was dramatically announced to the world in the 1990s by two memorable explosions. On January 1, 1994 the international community suddenly became aware of an indigenous guerrilla movement in Chiapas, Mexico—the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). Declaring that "the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a death sentence for the indigenous peoples of Mexico," the Zapatistas staged their insurrection to coincide with the day NAFTA went into effect. Five years later, on November 30, 1999, the Battle of Seattle began to protest the World Trade Organization (WTO). Since then protests have taken place against meetings where the world's most powerful economies have set agenda's for the rest of the world's people.
The images in Globalize THIS! range from haunting to humorous. Posters on racism, AIDS, nuclear proliferation, child labor, genetically modified food, environmental degradation, and the increasing indebtedness of developing nations offer sobering messages. These posters remind us of the passions and commitment of the protesters and demand our involvement to make a difference. They are reclaiming the power of art to inspire people to action.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics in partnership with the Otis' Integrated Learning Class Designing the Political led by faculty Guy Bennett and Kerri Steinberg.