Imagining the World: Unexplored Global Collections at Columbia

Politics, Power and Resistance

You took away all the oceans and all the room,/ You gave me my shoe-size in earth with bars around it./Where did it get you? Nowhere./You left me my lips, and they shape words, even in silence. (Osip Mandelstam, Voronezh, 1935)

In this section we put on display a number of items where the effect of politics on societies and individual lives has been recorded, through different periods, languages, times and mediums. Several formats are on display: posters, letters, artist books, stamps, early imprints, postcards, and even artifacts, buttons and a doormat! They all tell of the power of politics to affect and shape individuals' lives, but also of the will to resist, organize, protest and overcome.

Global Studies / Lehman Library / 420 West 118th Street / New York, NY 10027 / (212) 854-3630 /