I trace the clashes within the imaginary of the Left from the First International/Paris Commune through to South Africa. Through an archaeology of logos, posters and photographs, I look for points in this imaginary and provide archival evidence of the making of identity – how the Left imagined itself and the future. I make use of various theories of the imaginary – starting with Sartre and moving through more recent theories of the Social Imaginary (Castoriadis et al) and link these to the work of Bruno Latour, in particular his concept of Iconoclash.

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