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The research project ‘Posters of the Cultural Revolution: Contemporary Chinese Perspectives on an Era of Propaganda’  is funded by the Australian Research Council. It focuses on memory and loss in a market-oriented State system, and how contemporary media forms deploy revolutionary period images and nostalgia. It re-evaluates the Cultural Revolution through an analysis of visual communications in China in the 1960s and 1970s.

Focusing on posters, and eliciting perspectives from the memories of those represented in poster art, as well as professional image-makers contemporary both to that period and to the present era, the research will identify the continuing influence of the posters as a medium for public communication, as an art form and as a visual repository of personal recollection.

Chief Investigator: Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, RMIT University

Chief Investigator: Professor Harriet Evans, University of Westminster