Installation View

The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster

The Medu Art Ensemble formed in the late 1970s in opposition to South Africa’s apartheid policy of racial segregation and violent injustice. Through graphic design and poster production, members forcefully articulated a call for radical change, advocating for decolonization or majority (nonwhite) rule in South Africa and in the neighboring countries of Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The People Shall Govern! is the first-ever exhibition on Medu in North America and will run from 27 April until 2 September at Art Institute Chicago. Get an impression before the opening here!

Medu Art Ensemble (Judy A. Seidman). . . . and the people vote for Nelson Mandela, 1981. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble.

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Medu Art Ensemble (Thamsanqa Mnyele). Unity, Democracy and Courage, 1983. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble.

Medu Art Ensemble (Judy A. Seidman). The People Shall Govern!, 1982. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble.

Medu Art Ensemble (Thamsanqa Mnyele and Judy A. Seidman). The People Shall Defeat Aggression, 1983. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble.

Medu Art Ensemble. The Constellation of States, 1979. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble.

Medu Art Ensemble (Sergio-Albio Gonzalez). Shades of Change, 1982. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble

Medu Art Ensemble. Education for Development, 1983. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble.

 

The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster at Chicago Art Institute from 27 April until 02 September 2019.

 

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