Poster issued by Sajÿdis, 'We've already "voted" for them'

Poster issued by Sajÿdis, 'We've already "voted" for them'

Poster issued by Sajÿdis
'We've already "voted" for them'
Jonas Varnas
Lithuania
1989
Colour lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.3108-1990
Given by Atgimimas newspaper

Lithuania achieved independence in 1918, but was incorporated into the Soviet Union as a constituent republic in 1940. The poster scornfully illustrates the lack of electoral choice under Soviet rule. It depicts Stalin with images of other Soviet officials encased within his monumental form and the photomontage style recalls the posters of the early Stalinist era. However Stalin is emphatically crossed out and symbolically decapitated by the voter’s mark. The poster was issued by Sajÿdis, the political organisation founded in 1988 that led the Lithuanian struggle to regain independence.