Armed By Design/El Diseño a las Armas: Posters and Publications of Cuba’s Organization of Solidarity

Mark your calendars for the September 16 exhibition opening of Armed By Design/El Diseño a las Armas: Posters and Publications of Cuba’s Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL)

More information at www.interferencearchive.org

Armed By Design/El Diseño a las Armas: Posters and Publications of Cuba’s Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL) features the graphic design production of the Organization in Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Based in Havana, OSPAAAL produced nearly 500 posters, magazines, and books from the late 1960s through the present.

OSPAAAL developed out of the Tricontinental Conference, a 1966 meeting in Havana of delegates representing national liberation movements and political parties almost exclusively from the global south. Marrying a design that has unique Cuban aesthetics with literature from revolutionary thinkers, OSPAAAL was, and remains, a political organization focused on fighting US imperialism and supporting leftist liberation movements around the world. OSPAAAL became propagandists for these movements, supporting them through poster production, two different regularly produced journals (Tricontinental and the Tricontinental Bulletin), and a series of longer format books featuring the writings of the intellectual leadership of these movements.

This exhibition highlights the Carlos Vega Poster Collection, donated to Interference Archive by his son, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey. The late Vega was a community organizer in Western Massachusetts whose collection of over 50 OSPAAAL posters was acquired on trips to Cuba in the 1970s. In addition, Armed by Design includes OSPAAAL posters and materials collected by Interference Archive co-founder Dara Greenwald (1971–2012) on a trip to Cuba in 2003.

Armed by Design/El Diseño a las Armas: Publicaciones y Carteles Cubanos de la Organización de Solidaridad de los Pueblos de África, Asia y América Latina (OSPAAAL) despliega el producto cultural de la OSPAAAL, la Organización de Solidaridad de los Pueblos de África, Asia y América Latina. Ubicada en la Habana, OSPAAAL ha producido casi 500 carteles, revistas y libros desde fines de los 1960s hasta el presente.

OSPAAAL se desarrolló a partir de la Conferencia Tricontinental, una asamblea de delegados representando movimientos de liberación nacional y partidos políticos del sur global casi exclusivamente, en 1966. Apareando un diseño de estética específicamente cubana con literatura de pensadores revolucionarios, OSPAAAL era, y sigue siendo, una organización política cuyo enfoque es la lucha contra el imperialismo de EE.UU. y el apoyo a movimientos de liberación izquierdistas alrededor del mundo. OSPAAAL se hizo el agente difusor para esos movimientos, apoyándolos a través de su producción de carteles, dos diferente revistas editadas regularmente (Tricontinental y el Boletín Tricontinental), y una serie de libros de formato más grande presentando textos del liderazgo intelectual de dichos movimientos.

La exposición pública destacará la Colección de Carteles de Carlos Vega, donada a Interference Archive por su hijo, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey. El finado Vega fue un organizador comunitario en el occidente de Massachusetts cuya colección de más de 50 carteles de OSPAAAL fue adquirida en viajes a Cuba en los 1970s. Adicionalmente, El Diseño a las Armas incluirá carteles y materiales coleccionados por Dara Greenwald (1971–2012), cofundadora de Interference Archive, en su viaje a Cuba en el 2003.

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