Speaker: Mary Ginsberg, Curator of Revolution, Propaganda, Art: Printmaking in Modern China Exhibition.
In revolutionary and wartime societies, propaganda is a vital part of education and political participation. While the term has come to imply sinister manipulation, propaganda, more neutrally, is a means to create involvement; to inspire action and belief in a common cause. Propaganda helped people understand rapid change in 20th century China’s continual tumult.
People think more in terms of images than abstract formulas-especially where much of the population is illiterate, as was the case in revolutionary China. Propaganda art was thus essential to all sides, in every format: paintings, sculpture, posters, stamps, and textbooks. This talk will survey the variety and effectiveness of propaganda and dissident art in the wars, revolutions and rejuvenation of modem China.
This talk is part of our series of events associated with our exhibition ‘Revolution, Propaganda, Art: Printmaking in Modern China’ in association with the Muban Educational Trust.
Image ©: Evening of the Festival Day, 1972 by Liao Youkai