Celebrate People's History

Organized and curated by Josh MacPhee

Summer 2020

The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced and distributed political propaganda, but detourned to embody principles of democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of history. It’s rare today that a political poster is celebratory, and when it is, it almost always focuses on a small canon of male individuals: MLK, Ghandi, Che, or Mandela. Rather than create another exclusive set of heroes, Josh MacPhee has generated a diverse set of posters that bring to life successful moments in the history of social justice struggles. To that end, he has asked artists and designers to find events, groups, and people who have moved forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more equitable and just world. The posters tell stories from the subjective position of the artists, and are often the stories of underdogs, those written out of history. The goal of this project is not to tell a definitive history, but to suggest a new relationship to the past.

Curator

Josh MacPhee

Josh MacPhee is a Brooklyn-based street artist, designer, curator, and activist. A street stenciler and poster-maker for over a decade, he also runs a radical art distribution project, justseeds.org, as a way to develop and distribute T-shirts, posters, and stickers with revolutionary content. He organizes the Celebrate People’s History Poster Project, an ongoing poster series in which different artists create posters to document and remember moments in radical history.