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O.S.P.A.A.A.L.: Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America poster art

My good and longtime friend journeyed to Cuba earlier this summer as part of a college course and person to person visit. He is primarily interested in Middle Eastern studies. However, we both share a love for Cuban music, design and art. While in Havana, he visited the OSPAAAL (Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America poster art) headquarters and purchased posters for friends back home. When it comes to Cuban poster art, it is more his tract than mine. Evidently, many posters he’d been after were no longer available at the HQ. Either way, he returned with about 20 posters. Interestingly enough, he remarked that many of the OSPAAAL Middle Eastern posters were still available. These will prove handy for his studies.

Currently, the OSPAAAL website is under construction. It previously allowed folks to view trove upon trove of posters from many eras dealing with music, film and politics. Below you will find a few of the posters he found and useful links to political poster art and design.

» Docs Populi: Documents for the public
» ¡Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art
» American University Of Beirut Jafet Library Political Poster Collection
» The Palestine Poster Project
» Jamaa Al-Yad | جمع اليد


  • 05 Apr 2014 19:32:32

    The guitar poster is by ICAIC (film institute), not OSPAAAL. And note that the “OSPAAAL” site listed here is an independent dealer, not the Cuban-housed OSPAAAL organization.

  • 11 Oct 2015 17:15:27

    Always nice to see interest in these. Note that my organizational name is spelled Docs Populi (Documents for the Public), and that linked on my top page is a current (2015) exhibition of OSPAAAL material in Brooklyn, NY.

  • 28 Apr 2016 13:57:02

    Thank you, Lincoln. I updated the mistype and appreciate the information!

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