Poster issued by the Alliance of Free Democrats [SZDSZ], 'Workers' Militia'

Poster issued by the Alliance of Free Democrats [SZDSZ], 'Workers' Militia'

Poster issued by the Alliance of Free Democrats [SZDSZ]
'Workers' Militia'
Krzysztof Ducki
Hungary
1989
Offset lithograph printed in black and yellow on paper
Museum no. E.160-1991
Given by Mücsarnok, Budapest, through Krisztina Jerger

This poster is campaigning against the continued existence of the Workers’ Militia during the period of democratic reform in Hungary. The Workers' Militia was a voluntary armed force closely linked with the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party that had ruled the country since 1956. The artist represents the Workers’ Militia as a fearsome set of false teeth. It is an adroit visual metaphor, implying that the militia is an old organisation that belongs to the past, but is still potentially dangerous. The teeth have been taken out and put in a glass, referring to the efforts that the Workers’ Militia was making to erase its cruel image. The implied warning is that the fangs could still be put back in – and bite.