When I make posts with related with war I hope that people remember how many atrocities were made in the name of wars, by politics, religion or revenge. I’m against wars, I hate them. Millions of unknown innocents died in wars and, of course, famous people that fight for their ideals. On the Spanish Civil War the first name that I remember is Federico García Lorca, a great writer, whose works I appreciate a lot, specially his poetry books. He was murdered by Nationalist partisans at the age of 38 at the beginning of that war. He is also remembered as a painter, pianist, and composer.
In war times art still be produced, most of the times for propaganda of the both sides. I think that is very important preserve those materials ’cause they are the registry of art, culture, history, society of some era, they keep the memory of other times alive and are the documents of how people can be manipulated by images and texts. When you work with images you start to discern the other meanings implicit on them. The propaganda and advertisement are very good to manipulate images, distort the reality or create another one.
Propaganda posters are always a great example of how to sell an idea using an images, words, colours and design (the position of each icon is very important). El Burlador posted two links with collections of posters from the Spanish Civil War: Carteles de la Guerra Civil and Carteles GCE.
At the UCSD Mandeville Special Collections Library has Southworth Spanish Civil War collection with 3 fantastic sessions. They Still Draw Pictures – A collection of over 600 drawings made during the Spanish Civil War by Spanish children both in Spain and in refugee centers in France; Shots of War: Photojournalism During the Spanish Civil War; and The Visual Front – Posters of the Spanish Civil War, an excellent exhibition. Plus: Spanish Civil War: Dreams and Nightmares, with extracts from some interviews with International Brigade veterans.
Update: Roberto suggested on more link, Himnos y Canciones de la Guerra Civil – hymns and songs from the Spanish Civil War as MP3.
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