In the Paris of 68, pent-up frustration over poverty, unemployment, the conservative government of Charles de Gaulle, and opposition to the Vietnam war, gave rise to a mass movement for sweeping social change. In the month of May, workers and students took to the streets in an unprecedented wave of strikes, walkouts and demonstrations. By May 18th, 10 million workers were on strike and all factories and universities were occupied. During those days of turmoil the Atelier Populare (Popular Workshop) was formed. The faculty and student body of Paris' main art school, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, were on strike, and a number of the students met spontaneously in the printmaking department to produce the very first street posters of the revolt.
For the 40th anniversary of the protests (and street art) of Paris 68 I complied posters, using many of the original French slogans, remixed by designers from around the world. Participating artists include: Jody Barton, Scott Boylston, Seymour Chwast, Sun Dawang, Gwenaëlle Gobé, Josh MacPhee, Finn Nygaard, UG Sato, Chris Stain, James Victore, Brett Yasko, John Yates(and myself), with an introduction by Carol Wells of Center for Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, CA. Download a PDF of the posters, here.