Partisan Resistance(s): Visual culture, collective imagination and revolutionary memory


International Workshop
Partisan Resistance(s): Visual culture, collective imagination and revolutionary memory

16 – 18 March 2020
Université Grenoble – Alpes
Due to COVID-19 this international workshop will be virtual



Since the Spanish Civil War the antifascist resistance configured models of struggle and collective organization. After the liberation the battle for freedom of the antifascist movement continued in the following decades as part of the struggles for decolonization, anti-imperialism, civil rights and anti-capitalism, especially in radical left movements, in which similar models of resistance continued to go on. These struggles strongly marked the period of the Cold War, during which interrelationships between antifascist movements and anti-colonial struggles took place (Westad, 2005; Ross, 2008). Their scope must be understood within a broader framework than that of the battle for sovereignty and national liberation, i.e. within an internationalist and transnational, collective and utopian project integrating multiple political subjects (workers, students, colonial subjects, women, artists, creators, intellectuals).
Despite the differences in contexts, the oral, written and visual productions of these actors, as well as the models of coexistence and utopian futures they have invented, can be seen as elements of a culture of resistance that links the Western world, socialist countries and the Third World. In this context, visual productions (visual arts, graphic art (poster), film and photography) played a key role. They have been a founding element in coordinating causes, objectives, collective imaginaries, dissident genealogies, as well as transmitting revolutionary memories.

Report Report


Monday 16 MarchTuesday 17 MarchWednesday 18 March

15.00-15.15 > Welcome and Introduction

Chair:Olga Fernández López (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

15.15-16.00 > Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble-Alpes), Some preliminary thesis on the Partisan: partisan images and cultural resistance

16.00-16.45 > Jacopo Galimberti (University of Manchester), La partisan, la partie maudite et le masque. Deux projets autour de l’imagerie de l’extrême gauche.

16.45-17.00 > Break

17.00-17.45 > Gal Kirn (Université Technique de Dresde), The partisan counter-archive: how to commemorate the rupture?

17.45-18.30 > Jaime Vindel (Instituto de Historia, CSIC, Madrid), Partisan ecologies: the politics of the wild after the end of the world

18.30–19.15 > Round table and debate

Chair: Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble-Aples)

10.00-10.45 > Fabiola Martínez (Saint Louis University, Madrid), Mexican art in the Eastern Block: The partisan aesthetics of the Frente Nacional de Artes Plásticas

10.45-11.30 Isabel Plante (Conicet, Buenos Aires), Circulation internationale des affiches cubaines et des arpilleras chiliennes pendant les années soixante et soixante-dix : histoire de ces artefacts visuels emblématiques de l’Amérique Latine

11.30-12.15 > Laura Ramírez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Childhood and Revolution: Tracing Origins of the Child Soldier as a Revolutionary Visual Weapon

12.15-12.50 >Round table and debate

13.00–15.00 > Lunch break

15.00-15.45 > Anita Orzes (Universitat de Barcelona), Rethinking the counter biennials: agents of resistance with potential to enact lasting changes in the biennialistic system? 

15.45–16.30 > Olga Fernández López (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), The Island of negative Utopia. New York’s late seventies: art and resistance at a crossroads

16.30–17.15 > Sonia Kerfa (Université Grenoble-Alpes), Le sexe des utopies: femmes dans les collectifs d’artistes ou le genre de l’art (Amérique latine, 1970-2020)

17.15-17.30 > Break

17.30-18. 15 > Round table and debate

Internal meeting from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm

Program to be announced

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Direction: Paula Barreiro López (Université Grenoble-Alpes)

Coordination: Anita Orzes (Universitat de Barcelona)

International Research Workshop organized in the framework of the project  Ré.Part – Partisan Resistance(s): Visual culture, collective imagination and revolutionary memory (ANR-15-IDEX-02) of the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA), with the support of La Maison de la création et de l’innovation and of Université Grenoble Alpes, as well as the project I+D+i MoDe(s)2 – Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s): arte, política y contracultura en el eje transatlántico durante la Guerra Fría (HAR2017-82755-P).

Image: Saul Steinberg, 1967.