See you at the barricades: Declarations

AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Gregor Cullen Women and arts festival (1982) 97.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Gregor Cullen Women and arts festival (1982) 97.1983

Political poster collectives blossomed around the world in the late 1970s and ’80s. Presented here is work by radical Australian poster collectives that formed around this time, as well as a recently acquired suite of posters by the notorious Guerrilla Girls.

Together, these works engage with political issues that remain relevant in our time, from youth unemployment to the poor representation of women in art galleries. The posters are by turns funny, angry and earnest. Bound together by their declamatory style, they represent the most direct form of political art. Yet they do not embody a single attitude or position. The range of works feature many conflicting messages. In their very directness, these posters expose the cracks within what is often called left-wing politics.

AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan, Gregor Cullen Australian Vietnam Society 1982 calendar (1981) 96.1983.a-d
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan, Gregor Cullen Australian Vietnam Society 1982 calendar (1981) 96.1983.a-d
AGNSW collection Chips Mackinolty, Earthworks Poster Collective Land rights dance (1977) 379.1977
AGNSW collection Chips Mackinolty, Earthworks Poster Collective Land rights dance (1977) 379.1977
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan If the unemployed are dole bludgers, what the fuck are the idle rich? (1979) 85.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan If the unemployed are dole bludgers, what the fuck are the idle rich? (1979) 85.1983
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Irish not a Feminist (2010) 150.2014.84
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Irish not a Feminist (2010) 150.2014.84
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Bronx Museum unfair to men (2008) 150.2014.80
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Bronx Museum unfair to men (2008) 150.2014.80
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Disturbing the peace (2009) 150.2014.82.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Disturbing the peace (2009) 150.2014.82.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Dear art collector Chinese (2008) 150.2014.78
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Dear art collector Chinese (2008) 150.2014.78
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Intercepted by the Guerrilla Girls (1999) 150.2014.63
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Intercepted by the Guerrilla Girls (1999) 150.2014.63
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Estrogen Bomb (2003) 150.2014.70
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Estrogen Bomb (2003) 150.2014.70
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Trent L'ottscar billboard (2003) 150.2014.68
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Trent L'ottscar billboard (2003) 150.2014.68
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The estrogen bomb update (2012) 150.2014.86
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The estrogen bomb update (2012) 150.2014.86
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Irish toast (2010) 150.2014.83
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Irish toast (2010) 150.2014.83
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What I want for Mother's Day (1991) 150.2014.35
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What I want for Mother's Day (1991) 150.2014.35
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? (1989) 150.2014.24
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? (1989) 150.2014.24
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The future for Turkish women artists (2006) 150.2014.74
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The future for Turkish women artists (2006) 150.2014.74
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Unchain the women directors billboard (2006) 150.2014.73
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Unchain the women directors billboard (2006) 150.2014.73
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Women's terror alert (2003) 150.2014.69
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Women's terror alert (2003) 150.2014.69
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Benvenuti alla Biennale Femminista, project for the Venice Biennale (2005) 150.2014.71
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Benvenuti alla Biennale Femminista, project for the Venice Biennale (2005) 150.2014.71
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls MoMA Mia!!! 13 years and we're still counting, with postcard sent to MoMA (1997) 150.2014.57.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls MoMA Mia!!! 13 years and we're still counting, with postcard sent to MoMA (1997) 150.2014.57.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Birth of Feminism poster (2001) 150.2014.66
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Birth of Feminism poster (2001) 150.2014.66
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls explain the concepts of natural law (1992) 150.2014.41
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls explain the concepts of natural law (1992) 150.2014.41
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Horror on the National Mall (2007) 150.2014.75
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Horror on the National Mall (2007) 150.2014.75
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Dear art collector (2007) 150.2014.76
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Dear art collector (2007) 150.2014.76
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls ARTFORHIM (1994) 150.2014.47
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls ARTFORHIM (1994) 150.2014.47
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls We sell white bread (1987) 150.2014.17
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls We sell white bread (1987) 150.2014.17
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls review the Whitney (1987) 150.2014.15
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls review the Whitney (1987) 150.2014.15
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Museums cave in to radical Feminists (2008) 150.2014.81
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Museums cave in to radical Feminists (2008) 150.2014.81
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What's the difference between a prisoner of war and a homeless person? (1991) 150.2014.34
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What's the difference between a prisoner of war and a homeless person? (1991) 150.2014.34
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Hormone imbalance, Melanin deficiency (1993) 150.2014.44
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Hormone imbalance, Melanin deficiency (1993) 150.2014.44
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Anatomically correct Oscar billboard (2002) 150.2014.67
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Anatomically correct Oscar billboard (2002) 150.2014.67
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Dearest Art Collector (1986) 150.2014.8
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Dearest Art Collector (1986) 150.2014.8
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Where are the women artists of Venice? project for the Venice Biennale (2005) 150.2014.72
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Where are the women artists of Venice? project for the Venice Biennale (2005) 150.2014.72
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Brooklyn landmark (1999) 150.2014.62
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Brooklyn landmark (1999) 150.2014.62
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Gender reassignment (2012) 150.2014.85
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Gender reassignment (2012) 150.2014.85
AGNSW collection Alison Alder, Redback Graphix When they close a pit they kill a community (1984) 467.1988
AGNSW collection Alison Alder, Redback Graphix When they close a pit they kill a community (1984) 467.1988
AGNSW collection Redletter Press, Bob Clutterbuck Save the Franklin. Damn the government (1982) 311.1982
AGNSW collection Redletter Press, Bob Clutterbuck Save the Franklin. Damn the government (1982) 311.1982
AGNSW collection Marie McMahon Pay the rent: you are on Aboriginal land (1982) 204.1982
AGNSW collection Marie McMahon Pay the rent: you are on Aboriginal land (1982) 204.1982
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Gregor Cullen Fresh blood (1983) 103.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Gregor Cullen Fresh blood (1983) 103.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan Onward Christian soldiers: marching back through time (1979) 87.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan Onward Christian soldiers: marching back through time (1979) 87.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan What now Mr Mao. DANCE? (1979) 86.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan What now Mr Mao. DANCE? (1979) 86.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan Salt of the Earth (1980) 89.1983
AGNSW collection Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan Salt of the Earth (1980) 89.1983
AGNSW collection Lucifoil Poster Collective, Bob Clutterbuck Wooloomooloo mural project (1981) 314.1982
AGNSW collection Lucifoil Poster Collective, Bob Clutterbuck Wooloomooloo mural project (1981) 314.1982
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls 3 white women, 1 woman of color and no men of color - out of 71 artists? (1997) 150.2014.56.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls 3 white women, 1 woman of color and no men of color - out of 71 artists? (1997) 150.2014.56.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Only 4 commercial galleries in NY show black women (1986) 150.2014.13
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Only 4 commercial galleries in NY show black women (1986) 150.2014.13
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls How many women artists had one-person exhibitions in NYC art museums last year? (1985) 150.2014.3
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls How many women artists had one-person exhibitions in NYC art museums last year? (1985) 150.2014.3
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Which art mag was worst for women last year? (1986) 150.2014.14
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Which art mag was worst for women last year? (1986) 150.2014.14
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls It's even worse in Europe (1986) 150.2014.7
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls It's even worse in Europe (1986) 150.2014.7
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' Pop Quiz (1990) 150.2014.29
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' Pop Quiz (1990) 150.2014.29
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls You're seeing less than half the picture (1989) 150.2014.26
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls You're seeing less than half the picture (1989) 150.2014.26
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls How long did it take to loot South Central L.A? (1992) 150.2014.39
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls How long did it take to loot South Central L.A? (1992) 150.2014.39
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Republicans do believe in a woman's right to control her body (1992) 150.2014.37
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Republicans do believe in a woman's right to control her body (1992) 150.2014.37
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Traditional values and qualities return to the Whitney Museum (1995) 150.2014.51
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Traditional values and qualities return to the Whitney Museum (1995) 150.2014.51
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Top ten signs that you're an artworld token (1995) 150.2014.48
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Top ten signs that you're an artworld token (1995) 150.2014.48
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Election year iottery. You gotta play to win (1993) 150.2014.45
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Election year iottery. You gotta play to win (1993) 150.2014.45
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What do these men have in common? (1995) 150.2014.53
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What do these men have in common? (1995) 150.2014.53
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The Internet was 84.5% male and 82.3% white until now (1996) 150.2014.54
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The Internet was 84.5% male and 82.3% white until now (1996) 150.2014.54
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Under surveillance this year (1986) 150.2014.9
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Under surveillance this year (1986) 150.2014.9
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls These galleries show no more than 10% women artists or none at all (1985) 150.2014.2
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls These galleries show no more than 10% women artists or none at all (1985) 150.2014.2
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do (1985) 150.2014.6
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do (1985) 150.2014.6
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls These critics don't write enough about women artists (1985) 150.2014.4
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls These critics don't write enough about women artists (1985) 150.2014.4
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What's new and happening at the Guggenheim for the discriminating art lover? and Dear Mr. Krens postcard (1992) 150.2014.42.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What's new and happening at the Guggenheim for the discriminating art lover? and Dear Mr. Krens postcard (1992) 150.2014.42.a-b
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls How many works by women artists were in the Andy Warhol and Termaine auctions at Sotheby's? (1989) 150.2014.20
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls How many works by women artists were in the Andy Warhol and Termaine auctions at Sotheby's? (1989) 150.2014.20
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Bus companies are more enlightened than NYC art galleries (1989) 150.2014.21
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Bus companies are more enlightened than NYC art galleries (1989) 150.2014.21
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' definition of a hypocrite (1990) 150.2014.30
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' definition of a hypocrite (1990) 150.2014.30
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Oh! The joys of being a woman playwright! (1999) 150.2014.61
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Oh! The joys of being a woman playwright! (1999) 150.2014.61
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Hold onto your wallets! Cross your legs! (1992) 150.2014.40
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Hold onto your wallets! Cross your legs! (1992) 150.2014.40
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Supreme Court Justice supports right to privacy for gays and lesbians (1992) 150.2014.43
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Supreme Court Justice supports right to privacy for gays and lesbians (1992) 150.2014.43
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls If you're raped, you might as well "relax and enjoy it," because no one will believe you (1992) 150.2014.38
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls If you're raped, you might as well "relax and enjoy it," because no one will believe you (1992) 150.2014.38
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls demand a return to traditional values of abortion (1992) 150.2014.36
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls demand a return to traditional values of abortion (1992) 150.2014.36
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Who is this slimy creature? (1995) 150.2014.52
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Who is this slimy creature? (1995) 150.2014.52
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls hits list (1986) 150.2014.10
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls hits list (1986) 150.2014.10
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Hidden agender/Passing the bucks (1986) 150.2014.11
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Hidden agender/Passing the bucks (1986) 150.2014.11
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What do these artists have in common? (1985) 150.2014.1
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What do these artists have in common? (1985) 150.2014.1
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls John Russell thinks things are getting better for women artists (1985) 150.2014.5
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls John Russell thinks things are getting better for women artists (1985) 150.2014.5
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable, how much will your art collection be worth? (1989) 150.2014.23
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable, how much will your art collection be worth? (1989) 150.2014.23
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls At last! Museums will no longer discriminate against women and minority artists (1988) 150.2014.19
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls At last! Museums will no longer discriminate against women and minority artists (1988) 150.2014.19
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls We've encouraged our galleries to show more women and artists of color. Have you? (1989) 150.2014.22
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls We've encouraged our galleries to show more women and artists of color. Have you? (1989) 150.2014.22
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The advantages of being a woman artist (1988) 150.2014.18
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls The advantages of being a woman artist (1988) 150.2014.18
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' code of ethics for art museums (1990) 150.2014.28
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' code of ethics for art museums (1990) 150.2014.28
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' identities exposed! (1990) 150.2014.27
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' identities exposed! (1990) 150.2014.27
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Montgomery, Alabama 1955? (1991) 150.2014.31
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Montgomery, Alabama 1955? (1991) 150.2014.31
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Missing in action (1991) 150.2014.32
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Missing in action (1991) 150.2014.32
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Token times (1995) 150.2014.49
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Token times (1995) 150.2014.49
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' 1986 Report Card (1986) 150.2014.12
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls Guerrilla Girls' 1986 Report Card (1986) 150.2014.12
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What's fashionable, prestigious and tax deductible? (1987) 150.2014.16
AGNSW collection Guerrilla Girls What's fashionable, prestigious and tax deductible? (1987) 150.2014.16
AGNSW collection Richard Bell Pay the rent (2009) 203.2010.a-b
AGNSW collection Richard Bell Pay the rent (2009) 203.2010.a-b