Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International


Medina presents the exhibition Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, which explores the revolutionary graphic art work of the influential Cuban-based Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL) and their posters of solidarity with the anti-imperialist struggles taking place in the 1960’s, ‘70’s, and 80’s in Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Palestine, Yemen, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and numerous other places in the region.

“We are all Moors!” wrote the Cuban poet Jose Marti in 1893, as he proclaimed solidarity with the Berbers of Northern Morocco who were challenging Spanish rule at the time. Marti’s call for Latino-Muslim solidarity also spoke to the past and to the future, as both Muslims and Latinos have come to be seen as enemies and threats to modernity and the West — an idea that began in the iconic year of 1492 when the Moors were expelled from Spain and Columbus set sail to begin the conquest of the Americas. Through the exhibition, as well as public dialogues, Histories Absolved explores the urgency and importance of these solidarities for today when war, xenophobia, and repression are rampant. 

Curated by Sohail Daulatzai, Creative Director of Razor Step, Professor of Film and Media Studies at University of California, Irvine and author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America.

Image Credit: Faustino Pérez, Jornada de Solidaridad con el pueblo de Palestina, poster, 1968. Courtesy of Sohail Daulatzai Collection. 

11.15 – 12.13

for more information, visit historiesabsolved.com

The exhibition opening on Saturday 11/15 will take place from 6-10pm and feature onsite printmaking with Self Help Graphics and Art's Barrio Mobile Arts

The exhibition will also be open to the public on Saturday afternoons 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6. 
A closing event on 12/13 will take place from 6-9pm. 



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