montreal: a people’s present

abc poster series
al blair

These posters were presented during the Art in Action exhibition as part of Study in Action 2012, Montreal. To view the series online, go to

Inspired by Justseeds’ fantastic People’s History posters, this poster series pays tribute to Montreal’s present.

Feeling ill-equipped as a relative newcomer to Montreal from small-town Quebec, without sufficient time to research adequately, I found it difficult to represent moments of Montreal’s past or history in ink. However, depicting aspects of its present, many of which I have become personally interested and invested in seems more of a tangible task.

These posters are anchored in the present moment- often referring to events that occured within the past three years. They are contemporary illustrations of struggles that are rooted in Montreal’s past, and will soon become part of Montreal’s people’s history.