Editioning Amilcar Cabral

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 in Blog, School, Work | No Comments

Today I was watching a documentary called “Cuba: An African Odyssey,” detailing the extensive role of Cuba’s revolutionary government in numerous African liberation struggles. At the Tricontinental Conference in Havana, a gathering of the worlds revolutionary movements, Amilcar Cabral quickly gained the attention of the world and support of the Cuban government to lead Independence movements against the Portuguese colonial regime in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. Cuba provided crucial support, training and supplies however Cabral asked for no troops insisting that the struggle was essential in forming the nation and forging a unity among his people. He was assassinated on January 20, 1973.

I have been working on a woodcut portrait of Amilcar Cabral for my printmaking class and printed my first edition last week. I intend to do a series of portraits commemorating the revolutionary figures I admire, this is my first attempt. I am fairly happy with the results and more importantly, learned a lot along the way: what worked, what to not do next time, hopefully I might remember it and put it into practice…

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