Grafica de Lucha posters

Grafica de Lucha is a studio/print shop that produces graphics about social movement struggles and resistance. The studio is based on principles of popular education and work is made in collaboration with those who need a graphic to broadcast the struggles and resistances far and wide.

These images travel from hand to hand, on the walls, on the streets and in the spaces of collectives and organizations. All the work produced is anti-copyright, collective and anonymous.



Alto a las agresiones contra las comunidades zapatistas – Stop the agressions against Zapatista communities
Alto a las agresiones contra las comunidades zapatistas
– Stop the agressions against Zapatista communities
Screenprint, split fountain on recycled (brown) paper
45 x 62.5 cms. 17 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches.

This poster features a version of an image by the Beehive Design Collective, which in turn was a inspired by of a photo of women displaced by the war in Xoyep after the massacre in Acteal, Chiapas, in 1997. The Indigenous people in Chiapas, particularly the Zapatista communities, maintain a daily resistance against strategies of counterinsurgency. Among these strategies is the miliatrization/paramilitarization of daily life, which has not let up during 22 years of conflict.




Ayotzinapa en pie de lucha – Ayotzinapa in the struggle

Ayotzinapa en pie de lucha – Ayotzinapa in the struggle
Offset poster, 1 color on glossy paper
45 x 61 cms. 17 3/4 x 24 inches.

On September 26 2014, in a police-military operation that took place in the city of Iguala, Guerrero, 43 students were forcibly disappeared. They were students at the Rural “Normal” School of Ayotzinapa, where rural teachers receive their training. The operative consisted of surrounding the students and then a series of attacks by uniformed police officer and other plainclothes officers, as well as groups of narco hitmen. Six students and bystanders died in the attacks, dozens of students were injured, and also young soccer players who were passing through the area. 43 students were forcibly disappeared and until this day the investigations have not found any solid proof of their whereabouts. The indignation about these events quickly spread around the world while the Mexican government kept quiet.

This image is part of a series called “Ayotzinapa in the struggle”. It simply takes images of protesters in diverse parts of Mexico, carrying placards they made themselves that demand the immediate appearance of the 43 alive. On October 8, 2014, the Zapatistas took to the streets of San Cristóbal de Las Casas in Chiapas Mexico to demand the immediate appearance of the 43 alive. The image on this poster is taken from that day.





La lucha continúa – The struggle continues

La lucha continúa – The struggle continues
Offset poster, 2 colors on glossy paper
45 x 61 cms. 17 3/4 x 24 inches.

On May 2, 2014, in a paramilitary attack against the Zapatista community of La Realidad, the Zapatista teacher Galeano was shot and hacked to death. On May 24 of the following year a tribute to Galeano took place. Gráfica de Lucha launched a callout for graphics “Justice for Galeano” to convene images for the tribute. This image is one of the ones sent in response to the callout. On the same May 24, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos declared himself dead and gone, and Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano was born in honor of the deceased. This image, designed by Rebelión Graf, shows the two Zapatista subcommanders and the phrase, “Galeano Lives”.



La palabra que manda obedeciendo – The word that leads by following

La palabra que manda obedeciendo – The word that leads by following
Offset poster, 1 color on glossy paper
45 x 61 cms. 17 3/4 x 24 inches.

In June 2005, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) launched a peaceful initiative, the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. This called for people to join a national campaign,with another form of politics, for a national leftist struggle and for a new constitution. This is one of the images through which the callout for The Sixth Declaration was distributed.




 Libertad – Pasos de Lucha – Freedom – Steps in the Struggle

Libertad – Pasos de Lucha – Freedom – Steps in the Struggle
Offset poster, 2 colors on glossy paper
45 x 61 cms. 17 3/4 x 24 inches.

This image is part of a series titled “steps in the struggle”, which is meant to highlight the present moment of Zapatista struggle. Via the callout to the Zapatista School, it shows Zapatistas walking and in each poster one word summarizes central elements of the current Zapatista struggle.

Freedom is a recurring theme over the course of the 22 years since the Zapatista uprising. Also in the Zapatista School this was referred to as “Freedom according to the Zapatistas.” The Zapatista communiques in the seminar “Critical Thought vs. The Capitalist Hydra” which took place in 2015 speak to us about the struggle of the Zapatista communities for their freedom.




Madre agua – Mother Water

Madre agua – Mother Water
Screenprint, 1 color on recycled (brown) paper
45 x 70 cms. 17 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches.

On the American continent and around the world, the struggle for water is taking place on Indigenous territories. In Mayan territory one of the spirits of water is the godess Ixchel who appears here. The fight for water does not refer to a dispute over a natural resource, but to a fight for the continuation of life itself.






Mujer zapatista con rebozo – Zapatista Woman with Shawl

Mujer zapatista con rebozo – Zapatista Woman with Shawl
Screenprint, 2 color on recycled (brown) paper
45 x 70 cms. 17 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches.

A five-pointed red star and a woman with a bandana over her face carrying her baby in a shawl are symbols of the Zapatista communities in the struggle. Meanwhile the new generations are coming in to a different world, where anticapitalism is a path that´s constructed every day.






Paliacate Lucha y resistencia – Struggle and resistance bandana

Paliacate Lucha y resistencia – Struggle and resistance bandana
Screenprint, 2 color on recycled (brown) paper
45 x 62.5 cms. 17 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches.

December 21, 2012 marked a new “baktun” or new era in the Mayan calendar. Comercial tourism called this date the end of the world. In Chiapas, in 5 cities, a march of 50,000 Zapatistas took place to say, “DID YOU HEAR? It is the sound of this world collapsing. It is of our resurgence.” In another communique they said, “Our message is not one of resignation. It is not a message of war, death and destruction. Our message is one of struggle and resistance.” That message is the inspiration behind this poster.






Romper el cerco informativo – Breaking the media blockade

Romper el cerco informativo – Breaking the media blockade
Screenprint, split fountain on recycled (brown) paper.
45 x 70 cms. 17 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches.

Around the world, the mass media constructs a reality that denies realities lived on the street and in the communities. People then have to make their own media, to break through this media blockade. This is a collaboratively made image, inspired by a piece of a Beehive Design Collective poster.