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René Mederos ar­rived in Viet­nam in 1969. He came to paint, dis­patched to the war-torn coun­try by the Cuban gov­ern­ment in an ex­pres­sion of com­mu­nist sol­i­dar­ity. Mederos was com­mis­sioned to cre­ate works of pro­pa­ganda, and many in Cuba con­sid­ered his brightly coloured de­pic­tions of both civil and mil­i­tary life in Viet­nam a fail­ure in this re­gard. But by por­tray­ing daily strug­gles in such vivid colours, Mederos hoped to capture the re­silience of the Viet­namese peo­ple rather than glo­rify the war. Eighteen of Mederos’ paint­ings and posters will be on dis­play at Hanoi’s Work Room Four from 19 May.

When and where? Hanoi, un­til 9 June.

A poster by René Mederos

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