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Printeresting Spotlights Signal: 01

signal:01
by Jason Urban
Printeresting.org

September 6th, 2010

Coincidentally, this a good follow-up to the Labor Day post below featuring Josh MacPhee’s Labor Creates ALL Wealth poster.

PM Press sent Printeresting a review copy of Signal: 01: A Journal of International Political Graphics and it’s worth sharing.

Co-edited by Alec Icky Dunn and Josh MacPhee, and in keeping with their justseeds affiliation, Signal is “an ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles.” It’s modestly-sized but packed with content including an interview with Taller Tupac Amaru (Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, and Melanie Cervantes make up the group), an interview with Dutch underground cartoonist Johannes van de Weert, a photo collection of IMPEACH train works, and a bunch of other worthwhile stuff.

The Taller Tupac Amaru interview is an overdue spotlight on a trio of Xicana artists operating in the East Bay area. It provides an in-depth and candid discussion of the group’s origins and motivations.

The photoessay of IMPEACH’s work includes dozens of images of his various traincar graffitiworks.

These images are from the Mexico 68 Propaganda story. It forms a nice historical bookend to the the contemporary work of Taller Tupac Amaru. Santiago Armengod talks with Felipe Hernandez Moreno, a printmaker and former member of the Mexican Student Movement.

Signal: 01 reads like a magazine in that it consists of a number of smaller, independent articles but the loose continuity of subject holds it together as a book. Most exciting is the fact that Signal is slated to be a serial effort. As a series, this is going to be a great resource. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void in terms of political graphics; there’s a lot of material for them to cover and this is solid start. Copies of Signal: 01 are available now.


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