OSPAAAL Poster Show Dec 5th-January 26th at Kemistry Gallery
“The art of the Revolution will be internationalist, at the same time as it will be tightly bound to the national roots. We shall encourage the legitimate and combative cultural expressions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, which imperialism tries to destroy. Our cultural institutions shall be vehicles of the true artists of these continents, of the neglected, of the persecuted, of those who do not allow themselves to be domesticated by cultural colonialism and who fight together with their people in the struggle against imperialism.” A mission statement from the Congress on Education and Culture in Cuba.
To most people Cuba is famous for cigars, rum, salsa and baseball however perhaps lesser known is the unique propaganda art that flourished thanks to the Cuban revolution and it’s more infamous leader Fidel Castro.
Bold, colourful and eclectic, OSPAAAL posters are widely considered the front-runners in propaganda art. They reveal the idealistic spirit at the core of the Cuban revolution, intent on fighting globalisation, imperialism and defending human rights.
Politics aside, they are a testament to the creativity of the Cuban people, an important legacy that has put Cuba at the centre of cultural activity in the Hispanic world for a generation