Election poster issued by the United Left
'Vote With Your Head'
Lithograph printed in black and red on paper
Museum no. E.2065-1990
The intentionally ‘primitive’ and low tech style of this election poster expresses the urgency and excitement of events following the collapse of communist rule in East Germany. The style echoes the paintings of the New Fauves (Neue Wilden) in West Germany who were held in high international regard around the world. It is printed in colour, although other posters of the United Left were cheaply printed in black and then hand-coloured in red crayon or felt tip pen by party workers. The poster asks the voter to consider the policies of the parties contesting the election rather than 'punishing' the Left in the ballot box for its associations with the pre-1989 communist government.