Two iconic figures of the Latin American revolutionary scene – Castro (right) and Che Guevara, photographed by Alberto Korda.
A photo exhibition to commemorate the iconic Cuban leader Fidel Castro (1926-2016) is being held at the HELP College of Arts and Technology. It was organized in collaboration with the Cuban Embassy with the support of the embassies of the Latin American countries in Malaysia.The exhibition comprised stock photos of Castro from the world’s presses as well as many rare ones familiar only to the peoples of the Latin American continent.
Born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, he was a revolutionary and politician who governed Cuba as Prime Minister (1959-1976) and then as President (1976-2008). Fidel Castro was born into a wealthy Spanish family and adopted leftist anti-imperialist politics while studying law at the University of Havana. After participating in rebellions against right-wing governments in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he tried but failed to overthrow Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, was imprisoned, then travelled to Mexico where he formed a revolutionary group, the 26th of July Movement, with his brother Raúl Castro and Che Guevara. Returning to Cuba, Castro fought a guerrilla war against Batista and overthrew him in 1959.
Castro is a polarizing world figure. His supporters view him as a champion of socialism and anti-imperialism whose revolutionary regime advanced economic and social justice while securing Cuba’s independence from American imperialism. Critics view him as a dictator whose administration oversaw human rights abuses, the exodus of a large number of Cubans, and the impoverishment of the country’s economy.
The Fidel Castro photo exhibition at HELP CAT ends on 25 January 2017.