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