Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Anti-American Art: The Mercenary

Here's a poster from Cuba's OSPAAAL, the Organization for the Solidarity of the Peoples of African, Asia and Latin America, that is remembered mostly for its impressive monthly posters designed by the world's leading revolutionary graphic designers. In this one, entitled "The Mercenary" a smoking, soul-less war machine of an American GI is shown, by a cutaway on his helmet, to be driven and controlled by a balding nebbish in a business suit: the fearsome US war machinery controlled by corporate interests. I'm guessing this one dates from the early 1970s.

Surprisingly socialist Cuba and the United States have never come to direct blows, though the 1980s wars in Grenada, Nicaragua, and especially Angola became essentially proxy conflicts between the American superpower and its tiny rebellious neighbor.

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