On 16 May 1871, the Vendôme Column – the symbol of Napoleon-era imperialism – came toppling down. In honour of this anniversary, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research along with 26 international publishers, organised an online exhibition, Paris Commune 150. We invited artists from all over the world to reflect and reimagine the legacy of the Commune for the people’s struggles of today and tomorrow.
Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and 26 left publishers internationally are releasing a book entitled Paris Commune 150. We invite artists and designers to create and submit cover art. Submitted works will be part of a virtual exhibition, with a committee selecting one work to be used as the book cover to be published in countries around the world in several languages.
In the middle of our pandemic year, 162 artists from 30 countries and 27 organizations contributed to the Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions. They responded to a series of open calls to make posters that give expressions to four defining concepts of our time: capitalism, neoliberalism, imperialism and hybrid war. It was an experimental process, jointly organized by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle.
‘Imperialism’ is the third in a series of four Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions launched in the context of the week of actions being held 5-10 October 2020. It gathers work from sixty-three artists and militants from twenty-six countries who paint an international portrait of anti-imperialist struggles: the struggles against neo-fascism and military aggressions and for national sovereignty and the protection of the people and the land.
When they really, urgently, desperately need to say something, the people don’t wait for designers. They get on with it, producing posters and handbills as best they can – sometimes with spectacular results. In the process, they too become designers, organic to their movements, communities, and contexts. The posters in Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibition II: Neoliberalism run the gamut, from those created by trained designers to those by self-taught artists, from those by activists without formal training to first-timers.