Watch: The Cuban Designers Behind Our Exhibition of Cold War Graphics

Our exhibitions team went to Havana to meet the artists whose extraordinary work features in our five-star exhibition.


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It was the short film of interviews with artists that really brought it all to life. It was fascinating to hear how their work was directed in delivering messages without the need for text, but that they were also given creative freedom in their designs.” Exhibition visitor

OSPAAAL’s designers were extraordinarily prolific, highly creative – and remarkably under-studied.

The lack of existing research on this fascinating design studio, along with the poor state of the Internet in Cuba, meant going out to do some on-the-ground research was an essential part of putting the Designed in Cuba exhibition together.

Curator Olivia Ahmad and Exhibition Associate Valentina Zunino went to Havana to interview the surviving designers – here’s a selection of those discussions.