Tuesday 2 October 2012

Rock Against Racism / LMHR exhibition goes to Edinburgh

A brilliant exhibition of posters, artwork and badges from more than three decades of the Rock Against Racism and Love Music Hate Racism campaigns will open in Edinburgh on Saturday 6 October.

The show will run for eight weeks in the city’s Summerhall Gallery after a successful month at the Rich Mix in the East End of London.

The exhibition presents a visual history of music and antiracist resistance – from the punk and reggae of the 1970s, when the huge RAR carnivals mobilised hundreds of thousands against the National Front, to the grime and indie that were the soundtrack at LMHR gigs bringing together young people against the British National Party and English Defence League.

There are familiar graphics, including the classic Anti Nazi League red arrow and the famous RAR star used by young music-lovers and activists in a host of DIY publications.

But the posters also show a wide variety of designs, from the scratchy handmade look to gorgeous blazes of colour. Many capture the excitement and urgency of the fight against the fascists, others are interesting artworks in their own right.

Go along and enjoy a slice of visual antiracist history for yourself!

Details

The exhibition is at the Summerhall Gallery, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL fro eight weeks from Saturday 6 October.


Photo, top: by Kelvin Williams. Badge and poster pics thanks to Jeff Jackson


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