Watchword: OSPAAAL Publication

Foldout Newsprint.  Summer travel grant from the Rhode Island School of Design. Summer 2016.

This study focused on the posters produced during the middle of 20th century in both Cuba and Puerto Rico to shed light on issues of identity, power, politics, art, social knowledge, and respective US relations. Visited poster collections from museums and local printshops in both islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba. Interviewed curators, professors, graphic designers that created posters during Fidel Castro's revolution, and graphic designers that currently practice today in both islands. Prepared a series of publications and installations.

This study focused on the posters produced during the middle of 20th century in both Cuba and Puerto Rico to shed light on issues of identity, power, politics, art, social knowledge, and respective US relations. Visited poster collections from museums and local printshops in both islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba. Interviewed curators, professors, graphic designers that created posters during Fidel Castro's revolution, and graphic designers that currently practice today in both islands. Prepared a series of publications and installations.

While in Cuba, I visited a poster collection from The Organization
of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL). OSPAAAL is an international propaganda agency created in 1966 after the Tricontinental Conference, supported
by the Cuban government. This organization plans revolutionary activites around the world through print publications and poster design. Posters were designed by cuban artist until the 1980’s.
Their main objective was to promote internationalism and solidarity. The posters included messages written in Spanish, English, French, and Arabic simultaneosly. They were folded and included in the Tricontinental magazine editions. These magazines were distributed internationally to spread revolutionary ideas.

Upon returning to Providence, I researched and curated a series of publications that featured posters from Latin America, Africa, Asia, United States and graphic designer, Olivio Martinez Viera. Olivio produced a signicant amount of posters for OSPAAAL.






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