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If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress - Uprisings

© Chila Kumari Singh Burman. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Tate

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If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress – Uprisings 1981 (Tate T14091) is a black, white and red monoprint that has various levels of imagery superimposed one on the other. The work was made in direct response to the uprisings which took place in various cities across England in the summer of 1981, partly as a result of social unrest in response to the politics of the Thatcher government. The words ‘Liverpool’ and ‘Chapeltown’ refer to some of the locations of the uprisings. The red background depicts a newspaper-like image which is printed over with black blotches of paint and a variety of slogans such as ‘?Justice no more Equal Rights’ and ‘the unpleasant features of Imperialism’.


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If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress - Uprisings




etching, lithograph & paint on paper


H 61.2 x W 81.2 cm

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Presented by Tate Members 2014

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