Taller Popular de Serigrafía

In March 2002, the artists group Taller Popular de Serigrafía (The People’s Screen‐Printing Workshop) was founded by Diego Posadas, Mariela Scafati, and Magdalena Jitrik in Buenos Aires. Starting point of the collective’s activities, which continued until 2007, was a workshop on silkscreen printing, or serigraphy, during the cultural program of the public assembly of San Telmo on the official day commemorating the coup d’état of 1976. Following the national unrest in December 2001, the artists wanted to contribute to the struggle for social justice. The technique of screen printing was suitable because it allowed a quick response to events by creating materials for demonstrations cheaply and fast. The posters, leaflets, flags and t-shirts were not only extraordinary because of their catchy motifs, they were also created under exceptional circumstances. Members of the collective, with the help of associated artists, printed things in the middle of demonstrations and political activities on the street. On one hand this facilitated interaction with the protesters, and on the other it allowed them to react directly to what was going on. Some of the cooperative members, apart from politically left-oriented parties and human rights organizations, were also the initiatives of unemployed people, workers’ collectives, and relatives of murdered activists. Amongst other things, the printed objects were used to mobilize for the six-hour-work movement, projects of unemployed workers from Matanza, and the workers’ collective that had taken over the management of the Brukman textile factory.