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Battle of Ideas Visualizing National Liberation Marxism | Decolonial Learning Session #20

A conversation – centered around images – about the entangled tradition of Marxism and national liberation – a tradition that emerges out of the October Revolution and that deepens its roots in the anti-colonial conflicts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This is an introduction to a wide-ranging conversation that includes many different revolutionary movements, mostly rooted in the continents of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and highlighting the importance of creating a new cultural project for liberation.

Revolutionary artist Tings Chak, along with Ingrid Neves and Daniela Ruggeri of the Art Department of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, have drawn over a hundred portraits of revolutionaries from around the world. During this learning session, we will go over some of these portraits, key national liberation Marxists in the Global South – José Carlos Mariátegui, Mao Zedong, Amílcar Cabral, Haydee Santamaria, Ho Chi Minh and EMS Namboodiripad – and reflect on the power of culture to advance the struggle for liberation.

For the audio recording, click here.

About the speaker:

Tings Chak 翟庭君 is an artist and writer based in Beijing. She is Art Director of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, which strives for Global South Unity in the anti-colonial tradition of Bandung and the Tricontinental Conference. Tings is a member of the art and culture working group of the International People’s Assembly. She is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel, Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (The Architecture Observer 2014; Ad Astra Comix 2017) based on her work as a migrant justice organizer in Toronto. Her research work focuses on the culture of national liberation and socialist struggles, and the horizons that this history gives for the movements of today.

Additional References:

– The PAIGC’s Political Education for Liberation in Guinea-Bissau, 1963–74

– Dawn: Marxism and National Liberation

– Go to Yan’an: Culture and National Liberation

– Ten Theses on Marxism and Decolonisation

Film “79 Primaveras”


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