The Art of Solidarity: An Introduction to Visual History in Cold War Latin America through Cuban Political Posters
Date: 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT March 21 Location: Miller Hall, Room 102
Miller Hall, Room 102
Please join Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Ashley Black, and her Hist 400 Reading Colloquium students for a talk by Jessica Stites Mor, Associate Professor of History at The University of British Columbia.
Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL) was created to champion a Latin American, tricontinentalist vision of Third World solidarity between these regions. Through this organization, Cuba used visual and media arts to frame and reframe historical events, utilizing OSPAAAL as a conduit of pro-Cuba revolutionary ideas, as it circulated updates on national liberation struggles and calls to action for internationalist solidarity. OSPAAAL produced visual art in solidarity campaigns that allowed Cuba to promote a particular interpretation of the Cold War as ongoing colonialism to generate transnational support for national liberation struggles in the Middle East and Africa, as well as to promote the Cuban revolution itself. This presentation examines the way that the visual approach used by the artists working with OSPAAAL intersected with other modes of transnational solidarity activism to promote revolutionary ideals and commonalities between distant participants and specifically in order to influence international cooperation at the United Nations and in advancing Castro’s profile within the Non-Aligned Movement.