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“THE WORLD is at a crossroads,” according to the organisers of the first online anti-imperialist poster exhibition. For the International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle and the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research. “Imperialism is putting the future of life on the planet at risk.”
The basic rights to housing, health, and education are increasingly out of reach and states in the Global South are being rapidly stripped of their sovereignty, with war and militaristic aggressions looming at their doorsteps, threatening the survival of the planet and the people.
“And this was all before the Covid-19 pandemic began to shake the world, revealing the contradictions of capitalism, which under the imperialist and neoliberal order has proven that it has no responses to the needs of the people,” they stress.
Over the coming months, a series of four online exhibitions are to act as cultural prompts to enliven and deepen the political process and encourage the intellectual and cultural battle of ideas grounded in movements mobilising on the ground.
The 100+ participating member organisations all share a concern with the defence of life, peace and the planet in this struggle.
Neoliberalism, the second of four Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibitions, gathers work from 59 artists from 27 countries and 20 organisations. Although it has become the dominant ideology of our time, the organisers say, neoliberalism is a term that remains hard to define, no less to visually represent.
In an attempt to redress this, the exhibition visually speaks to the privatisation of the commons for the profits of a few, to resource extractivism at the cost to the planet and to the precaritisation of life and work.
The wide range of work attempts to demystify the reality we are living through, from the tentacles of international finance capital encroaching on Cuba to the privatisation of water in Indonesia and from the anti-austerity struggles in England — a striking work by the Young Communist League’s Robert Streader — to the resistance to mining exploitation in the Congo.
Whether hand-drawn or digitally made, Neoliberalism is a reminder that it is not access to resources that define the ability to create but the urgency to express the aspirations of the people in the global struggle against neoliberalism by any means necessary.
To view the posters, visit https://mstar.link/anti-imperialism
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