¡Venceremos!: Posters and Ephemera of the Central American Revolutions
Developed in conjunction with the 2014 Lozano Long Symposium, Archiving the Central American Revolutions, this exhibition offers a powerful glimpse into the visual and print culture of the Central American revolutions, from the 1970s through the peace accords and elections of the 1990s. Although the revolutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua followed different trajectories, the images and texts featured here underscore the shared symbols, language, and ideals that developed from these struggles.
Common goals emerged: new national political orders, and social transformation through land reform, literacy campaigns, greater access to health care, and greater participation in the political process on the part of previously marginalized sectors, such as women, the urban poor, and black and indigenous peoples. Another theme common to all was the key role of international solidarity movements in supporting these transformations and opposing US intervention.
The wide range of media represented here demonstrates the many channels through which the revolutionary causes were communicated, from posters and official publications to clandestine radio broadcasts and hand-drawn pamphlets. Together they capture the vision of the revolutionaries, activists, and scholars who participated in and bore witness to the political struggles of those decades. Posted on walls, distributed in remote communities, and rolled up and carried across borders in backpacks, these materials preserve the messages that united and inspired many during the revolutionary decades and now serve as archival testimony to these political movements and their legacies.
Opening Reception, Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:30pm, SRH Unit1 Second Floor, following the opening keynote session of the 2014 Lozano Long Symposium.
For full symposium details, visit http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/events/conferences/2014-Lozano-L...