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Advancing the power of art to educate and inspire people to action
Peg Averill, Offset, 1980s, New York, NY
Christian Schaffernicht, Offset, Berlin, Germany
Jos Sances, Silkscreen, 1989, California
Anti-Death Penalty Posters Wanted
Q: What does the United States have in common with Afghanistan, China, Iran,
Iraq, North Korea, and Saudia Arabia?
A: They all support the Death Penalty
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is seeking posters, old or new and from any country, for a new exhibition, Dead Wrong: International Posters Against the Death Penalty, to premiere in May 2022. We invite artists, activists, and organizations to submit by February 25, 2022.
Must have been produced as a multiple (such as offset, silkscreen, linocut, stencil); please, no handmade one-of-a-kind protest signs. For posters designed digitally, high-resolution files accepted (TIFF, JPEG, or PDF).
Most of the world has banned capital punishment. The United States, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea are the only established democracies in the world which still conduct executions. Decreased homicide rates have been observed in many countries that have abandoned the death penalty. Yet the U.S. continues to punish by hanging, poison gas, electrocution, firing squad or lethal injection.
Political posters give witness to prisoners’ existence, inform the public about their status, mobilize support in their behalf, and prevent them from being forgotten by future generations. Dead Wrong will illustrate numerous death penalty-related issues, including the impact of racism, poverty and unpopular political beliefs on sentencing.
To email digital files, or for more information, please contact:
Please mail posters to:
Center for the Study of Political Graphics
3916 Sepulveda, Blvd. Suite 103
Culver City, CA 90230
All submissions will become part of CSPG's permanent collection and will be accessible to curators, organizers, researchers, students, and the general public
Josh MacPhee, Stencil, 1997, Chicago, IL
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