Cherry Rage

After the First World War, people suffered from hunger. Especially the increased food prices led to the escalation of a social conflict in Graz on 7 July 1920, which manifested itself in a hunger riot. Since food was hardly affordable, women went to the market places and called out for cheaper prices to feed their families. They especially protested against high prices of cherries, which were in high demand because of the jam tax and the shortage of sugar. Throughout the day more and more people joined the protest whereby the situation got out of hand. 13 people died. Rising food prices and a growing number of people living in the precariat continue to challenge societies around the world.

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Time Period: 1900 CE – today
Size: 44,5 x 31,5cm
Artist: Axl Leskoschek
Material: Woodcut
Institution: Graz Museum