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Cuba rebelde: culture, creation, community

Exhibition of contemporary Cuban Poster Art

Cuba Rebelde: culture, community, creation

The Cuban film poster has been quietly asserting the importance of national cultural expression since 1959. This exhibition showcases a range of contemporary Cuban Film Poster design for contemporary and classic works of cinema. The exhibition is in BACKLIT gallery and runs from Saturday July 9 until Thursday July 14.

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The posters exhibited use the same approaches and techniques which emerged within the early years of the Cuban Revolution as part of a government policy. The aim was to encourage the emergence of authentically Cuban cultural expressions which would be produced by nurturing the latent creative talent of the population. In short art for all who wanted it, by all who wanted to make it. Part of this drive involved exploring and bringing together different elements of Cuban national identity and its constituent cultures, as well as encouraging the general public to be active spectators.

Film poster design, which was initially pioneered as an answer to the dominance of Hollywood in Cuba, focused on the big themes of films (and later cultural events, or public information communication) rather than the fame of any of the actors. The conceptual image was embraced, and a multitude of styles were encouraged in a bid to reject any specific style becoming associated with socialism. This tradition which began in the early 1960s is now a recognised part of Cuba’s cultural heritage. CartelON, helps to keep this tradition alive by championing the work of young designers. This is the first time these posters have been shown in the UK.

The exhibition is in BACKLIT gallery and runs from Saturday July 9 until Thursday July 14. The exhibition of posters will be accompanied throughout the week by a series of film screenings illustrating the complexity and diversity of Cuban society, musical performances from Cuban musicians, and public talks.

Cuba Rebelde: culture, community, creation

Left - Right

A Summer with Monica / Un Verano con Monica
Nelson Ponce / 2018

Blow Up
Michele Miyares Hollands / 2018


The event is open the following days

Friday 8 July:

Private Viewing

Saturday 9 July: 12:00-19:00

16:00-17:30: Screening of 'Por Primera Vez' and discussion about culture in the Cuban Revolution

18:00-19:00 - Musical performance by Tania Haase and Rodrigo García

Sunday 10 July: 12:00-19:00

14:00-15:30: Screening of Viva Cuba

16:00-17:00: Musical performance by Ariel Barreiros

17:00-19:00: Screening of 'Suite Habana' and discussion about the Special Period

Monday 11 July: closed

Tuesday 12 July: 12:00 -20:00

18:00-19:30: Screening of 'La dictadura del algoritmo' and talk by its director, Javier Gomez

Wednesday 13 July: 12:00-20:00

18:00-20:00: Screening of Juan de los Muertos

Thursday 14 July: 12:00-20:00

18:30-19:30 closing musical performances from Tania Haase, Rodrigo Garcia, and Ariel Barreiros.

Location details


Alfred House
Ashley St,

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