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10 Iconic Political Posters

3. “You’ve Got Blood on Your Hands, Ed Koch.”

Designer: Gran Fury/ACT UP
Purpose: Anti-AIDS/Pro-Gay Rights poster
Year: 1980s

Gran Fury acted as ACT UPs unofficial creative ministry. The activist/artist collective created propaganda pieces in order to shed light on the AIDS pandemic and point out the government’s lack of action towards informing the public or finding a cure. This poster highlighted New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his lack of action for the NYC community. The collective’s notable posters—"AIDSGATE", which criticized Ronald Reagan, and "Silence = Death,” which re-appropriated the pink triangle, used to denote homosexuals during the Holocaust—represent the consequences of not speaking out against the spread of the disease.

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