This is the TimeCreated: San Francisco Fireworks Collective, 1983

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 23.5″

FRELIMO (from the Portuguese: Frente de Libertacão de Mozambique) is the leading political party in Mozambique. Founded in 1962, FRELIMO began as a nationalist movement fighting for self-determination and independence from Portuguese colonial rule. Independence was achieved in June 1975. This poster was made in 1983 while FRELIMO was fighting a civil war against the white Rhodesian and South African supported RENAMO. Poet Josina Muthemba Machel was a revolutionary Mozambican fighter for FRELIMO who, like thousands of women, fought for the independence for her country until she died at the age of 25. April 7, the day of her death, is celebrated as Mozambique’s National Women’s Day.

Image: Photograph of FRELIMO poet and freedom fighter Josina Muthemba Machel. African continent in background of 1983 calendar.

Words: “This is the time we were waiting for/Our guns are light in our hands/the reasons and aims of the struggle/clear is our minds …/This is the time to be ready and firm/The time to give ourselves to the Revolution.” Poem by Josina Machel.

Color: black, purple, red, and gold on buff paper

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