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The Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery at South Carolina State University will host “Dialectic Translations: James E. Campbell Political Poster Collection” until November 5.

The traveling exhibit is on loan from the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. “Dialectic Translations” is a collection of reproductions of various anti-imperialist, anti-apartheid and worker solidarity posters from the collection of renowned activist, educator and social justice advocate James Campbell.

Prior to Campbell’s death in January 2021, he donated his entire collection of posters, writings and correspondence to the Avery Research Center, which has been exhaustively cataloged and preserved. In the spirit of Campbell’s constant advocacy for human rights, “Dialectic Translations” is a reflection on how artists and activists have responded to previous political and social upheavals and asks how we choose to respond to our current national and international climate.

Visitors to the FAB Gallery are encouraged to use their phones to interact with QR codes to read articles related to each poster in the exhibition and organized by staff at the Avery Research Center.

The “dialectical translations” will be on display during normal office hours (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) until November 5. The FAB Gallery is also open for private tours outside of normal office hours upon request.


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