Theory & Struggle

Aesthetics of Utopia

One-sided print and double-sided propaganda in the Marx Memorial Library’s posters from the Spanish Civil War

Theory & Struggle (2018), 119, (1), 70–80.

Abstract

During the Spanish Civil War, posters became a powerful propaganda tool for uniting disparate Republican groups and the illiterate masses against fascism. Unemployed designers, artists without galleries and students disbanded from art academies joined their own version of an international brigade of workers, poets, painters and writers striving to make sense of this confused war of many fronts, and of its emotions, hopes and fears. Looking closely at the Spanish Civil War posters in the Marx Memorial Library, contradictions of propaganda emerge, encompassing its use for social change and justice, rather than for social control.

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Frimodig, Bess