The oft-repeated phrase of disbelief, “when pigs fly,” has a new meaning here. In this poster, a pig (along with a horse and lizard) is flying, picked up by the whirlwind caused by Hurricane Flora which devastated Cuba in 1963. It’s a perfect graphic for a poster promoting a documentary film by director Santiago Alvarez about the hurricane.
The black silhouettes of animals being tossed around by the storm's strong circular winds leave no doubt as to the storm's tremendous power. And the partial concentric circles in shades of grey and brown emphasize how the swirling winds also stirred up debris, blocked out sunlight and shrouded everything in a foggy cloud. The artist has managed to convey the terrible effects of the storm with an elegantly sparse drawing.
This hand-printed silkscreen poster was designed by Cuban graphic artist Pedro Juan Abreu in the late 1990s. The Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos, the state-run organization formed after the revolution to promote Cuban films, sponsored a competition for Cuban artists to design a new poster for a film that had been previously released. This poster was chosen.
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