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Got the Message? showcases some of the most artisti cally arresting posters created in Australia and internationally over the l ast 50 years\, from 1960s protest posters through to contemporary works whe n the printed word and image is being strongly challenged by new social med ia.

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It surveys the field of social and political posters which have engaged with critical issues of our time such as war\, racism\, sexism\, A IDS\, environmental destruction\, nuclear proliferation\, consumerism\, and political leadership.

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While the exhibition focuses on the 1970s an d 80s when Australian poster collectives were tackling the pressing issues of that era\, it also includes significant posters from the new generation of Australian graphic designers and artists employing digital technology an d other media in their quest to reach more hearts and minds. 

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It in cludes a strong contingent of highly-charged international posters\, few of which have been seen in Australia before. There will be large and represen tative groups of posters relating to the Vietnam War (USA)\, May 1968 (Fran ce)\, 'Solidarity' (Poland)\, Chinese Cultural Revolution\, and Amnesty Int ernational\, as well as to more recent outbreaks of dissent such as the Occ upy movement.

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Photographic documentation of selected posters in sit u and a range of other protest media provide an essential backdrop to the e xhibition. 

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The exhibition is supported by a comprehensive illustra ted catalogue which explores the essential history and social context in wh ich these images were created and examines the future of the poster\, the r ole of humour and the problematic function of propaganda and ideology. It a lso discusses the social role that posters can play in our digital age.

DTEND:20130414 DTSTAMP:20141021T081555 DTSTART:20130302 GEO:-37.5605195;143.8582345 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Ballarat\,40 Lydiard Street North \nBallarat \, VIC 3350 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Got the message? 50 years of political posters UID:263555 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130302T170000 DTSTAMP:20141021T081555 DTSTART:20130302T090000 GEO:-37.5605195;143.8582345 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Ballarat\,40 Lydiard Street North \nBallarat \, VIC 3350 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Got the message? 50 years of political posters UID:263556 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR