Irish/Palestinian revolutionary solidarity

Posted: September 15, 2014 by Admin in Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Internationalism, Ireland, Israel, Palestine, PFLP

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Above is a mural created by the Irish socialist-republican movement éirígí in the New Lodge area of Belfast.  Unfortunately, we lack a radical mural-painting tradition in this country.  Anyone fancy starting one?

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Comments
  1. PhilF says:

    One of the benefits of having a powerful revolutionary tradition is the cultural expression in things like murals.

    Interestingly, murals in cities like Derry and (especially) Belfast are now themselves politically contested. The contestation takes two forms.

    One is that, in response to republican murals, reactionaries started producing their own murals in unionist/loyalist areas. This is the more dated form of contestation.

    The other, more recent, is that as Sinn Fein/IRA have been incorporated into the status quo they have been discarding their murals, which reflected their more radical past politics. The older murals, depicting revolutionary struggle, have been replaced by commercialised murals. Now the kind of murals the Provisionals favour are ones which are quaint for non-political tourists.

    Revolutionary mural-making has, thankfully, continued. Today it is carried on by éirígí and other socialist-republican currents.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we had something similar in New Zealand?

    Phil

  2. daphna says:

    I love political murals. My favorite by far is Diego Rivera. His murals were mind-blowingly good. http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/12/24/arts/diegoslide2.jpg

  3. PhilF says:

    What’s interesting about the Irish ones is that these are produced by folks in poor working class communities, not professional painters like Rivera. The artistic talent within the northern nationalist working class, like the military talent, was extraordinary. Another indication of what comes to the surface when the working class is in motion.

    Phil

  4. PhilF says:

    There’s an interesting article on the revising of the Belfast wall murals, here: http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/the-re-imaging-programme-in-the-north-of-ireland/

    Phil