Announcing Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation

Rebuild Foundation and Stony Island Arts Bank are honored to host, in collaboration with HotHouse and Casa OSPAAAL, Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation. This exhibition and accompanying program examine acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s through multiple avenues of creative expression both contemporary and from the revolutionary era of the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Tricontinental Journal, cover by Emory Douglas
Tricontinental Journal, cover by Emory Douglas

In 1966, many of the world’s non-aligned movements came together to challenge empire in the 1966 Tricontinental Conference in Havana, Cuba. Amilcar Cabral speech at the Tricontinental inspired Cuba’s subsequent military involvement in S.W. Africa and ultimately led to the defeat of the apartheid regime in Pretoria and the liberation of Angola and Namibia. The significance of these events have been popularized in people’s cultural expression and are here reemphasized and contextualized anew through film, music, discussions and the graphic arts.

The project features a rare exhibition of posters produced by and with the cooperation of Cuba’s Casa OSPAAAL  (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina). The display of the original posters and original copies of the Tricontinental Journals (which were contributed to the exhibit from CASA OSPAAAL ) continues to give amplification and inspiration to aspirations of third world liberation movements and similar campaigns within in the US.

The exhibition opens October 4 and runs through January 6, 2019. The October program at the Stony Island Arts Bank is listed below. All events are free and open to the public. Do not miss this fascinating exploration of art, propaganda, and global liberation movements which still resonate today.

Tricontinental ‘66 Opening, October 4 – 6-8pm

Music by Bata ECA

Friday, Oct 5 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Film Screening: SAMBIZANGA

Opening remarks by Arif Smith.

Saturday, Oct 6 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Reading and Discussion with Anne Garland Maher

Saturday, Oct 6 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Chicago-Guantanamo Blues Exchange Fundraiser for Santiago de Cuba Music School with Ben LaMar, Shanta Nurullah, Jaime Garza, Fred Jackson, and Others.

Friday, Oct 12 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Thursday, Oct 18 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ayana Contreras: Sounds of the Tricontinental

Friday, October 19 | 7:30 – 9:30pm

Film Screening: MAMA AFRICA

Friday, October 26 | 6:30 – 9:30

Film Screening: BATTLE OF ALGIERS with remarks by Peter Kuttner

Performance by Iré Elese Abure, preceding film screening