ARTIVISM: The role of posters and music in the South African struggle against apartheid in the 70s and 80s

From 27 July to 10 September 2017 in Espacio Tienda TEA, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
ARTIVISMO: El papel de la cartelería y la música en la lucha contra el apartheid sudafricano en los años 70’ y 80’. Del 27 de julio al 10 de septiembre de 2017 en el Espacio Tienda TEA, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

This exhibition has come out of research by Estefanía Pereira Tavira during her studies for an Interuniversity Masters in Management of Artistic and Architectural Heritage, Museums and the Art Market at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Much of this research was conducted in Casa África and it was there where this exhibition was first hosted as part of the África Vive activities organised to commemorate International Africa Day (25 May).

Part of this exhibition, which can be visited now in Espacio Tienda TEA, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, consists of 28 posters made by different liberation and cultural rights groups during the apartheid era, which bring together the population’s most important social demands during the 1970s and 1980s, years that were characterized by mass production of anti-apartheid posters.

Artivism allows us to reflect directly on this phenomenon which is important not only for the history of South Africa and the African continent, but for the world in which we live.

From this viewpoint, the exhibition becomes an excellent tool for raising public awareness through art as a medium that unites us. Art helps us understand what it is that gives us identity and roots us in what we are whilst linking us to a changing world. Art helps us to face the new challenges generated by contemporary societies.

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