GORGEOUS MOVIE POSTERS OF POST-REVOLUTIONARY CUBA
2013 is soon to close, and it would be hard to argue that we aren’t living in a renaissance of screen-printed film art with few signs of slowing down. No one can predict the future, but we can pay tribute to the past and remember those earliest of pioneers of the artform: an entity with a rotating stable of tremendously talented artists capable of pushing the limitations of the medium to their breaking point. Mondo might be the first name that pops in to your head, but we’re reaching back further in time and beyond our shores to an unlikely place.
The ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos) was formed by the Cuban government after the country’s revolution and has been responsible for commissioning over 1,700 poster designs since its inception in 1959. Created to act as both a distributor and producer of films manufactured at home and aboard, the ICAIC has showcased films from across the globe in an effort to promote cinema and educate the populace. Both choice and embargo inspired the decision to ignore any original advertising accompanying a foreign film in favor of original work made by designers native to Cuba.
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