Daily Archives: November 11, 2008

Promiscuous Pictures and CHEvolution

There are a number of lectures and a screening this coming Monday on the relationship between revolutionary politics and the image. The information below is courtesy of Erik Inglis.

Promiscuous Pictures: Politics and Image Reproduction from Che to Pinochet

November 17
4:30-6:00 pm
Craig Lecture Hall

Sebastiaan Faber
Painting a Reproducible Icon of War: Picasso’s Guernica

Steven Volk
Think one picture can change the world? Photography and the Reframing of Salvador Allende

Wendy Kozol
Iconic Photography and Political Discourse

Geoff Pingree
The Documentary Dilemma: Recycled Footage in the Spanish Civil War

Trisha Ziff
Che Guevara as Capitalist Selling Machine: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Appropriation

CHEvolution: The Story of the World’s Most Reproduced Photo
Screening with Trisha Ziff

November 17
Craig Lecture Hall

The iconic image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara is everywhere, from T-shirts to coffee mugs and even bikinis. How was the hero of Cuba’s Communist Revolution transformed into a capitalist selling machine? With mordant wit and bitter irony, filmmakers Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez trace the evolution of the image from photograph to poster to pop art, as cropping and the removal of half-tones separated the moment from history and created an icon whose meaning was increasingly in the eye of the beholder. In this thought-provoking inquiry into the ethics and aesthetics of appropriation, Ziff and Lopez investigate how the enduring symbol of not only the Cuban Revolution but of 1968 Paris, Prague, Belfast, and Berkeley was ultimately devoured by capitalism.

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