BANC PIC 2001.206.006--C
Mexican posters on social
and educational themes
Posters from CREFAL and
Instituto Nacional Indigenista
Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
BANC PIC 2001.206
This page was produced by cataloger Lincoln Cushing as a
parallel access guide to this collection, and is not an official
UC Berkeley Library publication.
A collection of posters covering various aspects of Mexican
community development and culture. A majority of the works are by
CREFAL (Centro Regional de Alfabetización Funcional en las Zonas
Rurales de América Latina), a significant rural public education agency
established in 1951, and the Instituto Nacional Indigenista. Themes
include public and personal health, indigenous literacy, peace, and
600 Centro Regional de Alfabetización Funcional en las Zonas
Rurales de América Latina (Pátzcuaro, Mexico)
650 Public health $z Developing countries
650 Functional literacy $z Developing countries.
650 Indians of Mexico $x Health and hygiene
650 Indians of Mexico $x Education.
One fascinating feature of CREFAL's community outreach efforts was the
development of a unique low-cost relief printing technique. This was a
two-step process which used local materials which could be recycled
after use. With a simple light table, the artist would first draw out
artwork and hand cut a positive image out of a soft material, and would
then pour a melted material on top that would harden to create the
actual relief plate. This was much simpler than cutting a relief plate
directly from a harder material and in reverse.
CREFAL published a handbook on this technique in 1953, and
in 1966 UNESCO republished it for broader dissemination. A copy of that
document can be found here.
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