Serigraphy in Cuba. Taller ICAIC

This serie of pictures is the first part of a reportage about the two main serigraphy (silk screen printing) workshops in Havana, Cuba. I visited these in January 2014 as part of my bachelor thesis at the Free University of Bolzano.

This first workshop, part of the ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos), was founded to print advertising posters for the movies presented. Cuban artists and graphic designers supplied the designs, the specialised serigraphers at the ICAIC printed them. Today, the serigraphic production is limited to reprints and posters for special events such as festivals.

The ICAIC, founded in 1959, right after the Cuban revolution, aims to promote cinematographic art in the country. To this day it is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in Cuba. 

During an exhibition of Cuban poster art in Pordenone in September 2013, I fell in love with this specific art form. I therefore decided to visit the country to hear the stories of those who printed these beautifull works for more than 30 years.