Sunday, 26 January 2014

Photo Exhibition - 20th Anniversary: Zapatista Path to 2014

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group are holding a photographic exhibition at Thistle Hall covering 20 years in the construction of Zapatista autonomy.

Place: Thistle Gallery, Cnr Cuba and Arthur Street

Dates: 27 January – 02 February

Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm daily.

Launch: 5.30pm Monday 27 January

Twenty years ago, on January 1st 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, the Zapatistas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said “Enough!!” and took a stand against attempts to further dispossess them of their indigenous lands and culture.

For the last 20 years they have pursued a peaceful path, constructing from below and to the left a 'world in which many worlds fit'.

The exhibition at Thistle Hall features photos of ordinary and extraordinary moments in 20 years of the life of a people under constant military and paramilitary threat, going about the business of survival following a path of patience, dignity, and resistance.

To help celebrate the 20 year Anniversary, on 14th February the Freedom Shop will be showing 'A Place Called Chiapas' at the People's Cinema.

We also stock some books on the Zapatistas, including 'A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency'; 'Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History'; and 'Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army' - a book which contains both interviews with Zapatista and copies of the early EZLN communiques.

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