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.
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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.