The Library is proud to partner with Dr. Laura Pozzi, Lecturer of the Centre for China Studies, to launch this new digital collection, “The Cultural Revolution in Images: Caricature-Posters from Guangzhou 1966-1977”. Through high-definition digitization, the collection showcasing 216 original posters from the Library on the Cultural Revolution is now available online to the academic community throughout the world. With the curation effort of Dr. Pozzi, all the posters were meticulously classified and the collection is organized into two sections: the first entitled “Caricature Posters of the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou” showcases posters dated between 1966 and 1967; the second section entitled “The End of the Gang of Four” presents posters dated between 1976 and 1977. The posters are then divided according to their content, mostly the identity of the politician they targeted. All the information about each image (author and date of production) together with a translation of texts and slogans contained in the posters are accessible by either clicking the individual poster or mouse over an individual poster in each section.
According to Dr. Pozzi, most of the pieces showcased in this collection are satirical caricatures against party leaders drawn in Guangzhou during the Cultural Revolution. This satirical content sets them apart from most known images of the Cultural Revolution, which are mainly propagandistic. It is hoped that this unique and valuable collection will be helpful to scholars in their research and teaching.
The digital collection can be accessed at: http://repository.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/en/collection/crposter
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