Poster published by FNAC (the Association of French Librarians)
Painted in Romania, 1989, printed in France, 1990
Colour offset lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.5-1991
Given by the Romanian Writers’ Union
This is one of a set of posters that reproduced original student protest graphics painted or drawn in the streets of Bucharest. The photographs were taken during the uprising in December 1989 and published in poster form by the Association of French Librarians in order to preserve the images and give them a wider dissemination. In contrast to the largely peaceful transitions of power in other Eastern European countries, Romania’s revolution entailed significant violence and loss of life. This reality is reflected in a visceral image of handprints raised in protest and submerged in blood.