Story: Arts and social engagement

Communist mural

Murals were another way for unionists and the political left to convey collective identities. This section of a communist mural, painted by Judith Evans in 1944, features a Māori woman wearing traditional clothing and a (non-traditional) headdress with a communist star. Around her are other heroic figures holding different commodities. A ribbon features the words: 'From each according to his ability; to each according to his work'.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, J. C. Evans Collection
Reference: F-019-1
Tempera on pinex panel by Judith Christine Evans

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Ben Schrader, 'Arts and social engagement - Colonisation and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014