Collecting our Thoughts: Dancing With Ché

Beaverbrook Art GalleryFebruary 5, 20170 Comments

Barbara Astman (American/Canadian, b. 1950) is one of Canada’s leading photographers. The work Dancing With Ché triptych #17 is from Astman’s Dancing with Ché series, one of her most popular recent artistic endeavors.

She began this series in the early 2000s after returning from Cuba, where she was struck by the proliferation of imagery depicting the 20th century revolutionary Ché Guavara. In Cuba and abroad, the emblematic portrait of Ché Guavara has often been appropriated by various people and groups as a symbol of extreme political identification and rebellion. In Dancing with Ché, Astman explores the multifaceted issue of the appropriation and commodification of political imagery.


Collecting our thoughts is an occasional series of short reflections on works in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection. We want to share some of the treasures we have in the building (and on display) with our guests and members of our community, and tell you a little about why we think they’re special – and hopefully you’ll agree!

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