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Picturing CubaArt, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora$
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Jorge Duany

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400905

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400905.001.0001

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Fashioning and Contesting the Olive-Green Imaginary in Cuban Visual Arts

Fashioning and Contesting the Olive-Green Imaginary in Cuban Visual Arts

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Picturing Cuba

María A. Cabrera Arús

University Press of Florida

Sociologist María A. Cabrera Arús dissects the militaristic iconography of the Cuban Revolution and its ironic appropriation by contemporary Cuban artists. Cabrera Arús demonstrates that the celebration of the sartorial guerrilla identity of the 1960s has largely given way to a critical perspective on the epic narrative in the post-Soviet era, which is exemplified by painters like Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas and photographers like José Ángel Toirac. In recent artworks produced in Cuba, the olive-green uniform of the revolutionary army appears more often as a symbol of oppression than as a metaphor for a utopian vision.

Keywords:   Militaristic iconography, Art, Photographers, Sartorial guerrilla identity, Cuban Revolution, Post-Soviet era, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, José Ángel Toirac

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