Mai 68, 'Cross/Drill', Screenprint, 1968

'Cross/Drill', Screenprint, 1968


Screenprint in black ink. Bearing the stamp of 'ATELIER POPULAIRE NUMÉRO 3'.

The cross of Lorraine, the two barred cross, was a part of the heraldic arms of Lorraine, one of France’s provinces that was annexed to Germany, both pre the allied victory in 1918 and again during the second world war, thus making it a symbol first of France’s desire to recover its lost provinces and then, after victory, of a free France and liberation. It was inextricably linked to de Gaulle in the public mind as he had been leader of the French resistance during the Second World War. By 1968 though, De Gaulle was no longer a figure of freedom, his government was heavy handed, controlled the media, and was shoving outdated conservative values down the throat of France. Thus this visually striking poster depicting the cross of Lorraine drilling into the human brain cleverly subverts what was a symbol of freedom into a symbol of indoctrination and government control of independent thought, De Gaulle now signalled the death of free speech within France.

Paper Size 79 x 56 cm
References 'Beauty is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising', Ed. Kugelberg & Vermes, p. 198
'500 Affiches de Mai 68', Gasquet, p. 99
'Mai 68 L'Affiche en Heritage', Wlassikoff, p. 36

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