Biafra

  • Carlos Irizarry, Biafra, 1970, photo screenprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.24.2, © 1970, Carlos Irizarry

Exhibition Label
Irizarry was active in New York City’s pop art circles during the 1960s. He also shared political concerns with other local artists of Puerto Rican descent who were interested in social justice and the fate of the Third World. In this work he used a signature pop art medium – photo screenprint – to explore how the media portrayed victims in the short-lived West African Republic of Biafra, where forces against its independence from Nigeria used famine as a weapon of mass destruction.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Biafra
Artist
Date
1970
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 28 5/8 x 35 in. (72.7 x 88.9 cm)
sheet: 31 x 40 in. (78.7 x 101.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
photo screenprint
Classifications
Keywords
  • Children
  • Ethnic – African
Object Number
2013.24.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
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