It’s being reported that a new leader in Cuba is clamping down on artistic expression in that country. As the Wall Street Journal puts it: “A decree tightening control over artistic expression that President Miguel Díaz-Canel signed after taking office in April is among the first signs that Cuba’s first leader not named Castro since the 1959 revolution won’t waiver from the iron-fisted, one-party rule of his predecessors. The purpose of the decree is to
regulate a new world: private businesses, art galleries, people working from their homes. The alarm went off.”
It’s been a long time since the full extent of the Communist purge of the arts in the former Soviet Union, so we haven’t seen this at such a level in awhile. But it’s a powerful reminder that in a repressive regime, the artistic community is often the first to be silenced.
One of the reasons I serve as a Board Member of Image Journal is to help do what I can to keep artistic voices heard. You should check out our community and consider supporting it. Because it’s our most creative community that suffers first during repression, and we should do everything we can to protect those voices.