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Shepard Fairey, Poster, 2017

Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic "Hope" poster for Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, has produced some striking anti-Trump posters.

One, titled "Demagogue," was done in collaboration with the band Franz Ferdinand, which wrote and performed a song with the same name. For more on this Orwellian poster, click here.

Recently, Fairey designed three posters, which displayed images of Muslim, Latino, and African-American women—with all the posters using red, white, and blue colors. The most powerful poster, in my opinion, is shown to the right, of a Muslim woman, with a flag hijab, seen looking out at viewers. All three posters were intended to be downloaded and printed for protesters at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, DC. For more on Fairey's recent posters, click here.

Fairey, who created a tee-shirt design for Bernie Sanders in the past election cycle, did not design anything in support of Hillary Clinton, who beat Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016, although he did say he would vote for her.


Posted by Steven Seidman at 9:25AM   |  1 comment
Maksim, "Banana Republic" (2009) (http://imaksim.com)

Steven Heller, writing in his Daily Heller blog, has an interesting piece on posters to promote the Tea Party movement, as well as on anti-Obama designs (many of which are from The People's Cube Web site), which include Pelosi, Reid, and Obama as "The Three Stooges"; the "Tree of Liberty" symbol and the message "don't give me DEBT"; and Obama as "El Presidente of the Banana Republic of the United States."

Just as propaganda of the left can smear the opposition and distort positions, so, too, can propaganda of the right. As Heller states:

The transposition of Obama as a Soviet/Red...and the smearing of the Democratic party as Marxist...shows a decided lack of imagination and historical knowledge. First, socialism as a practice (i.e. Sweden) and Soviet Communism (remember the breakup of the Soviet Union) are quite different political beasts. Representing the Obama administration with the hammer and sickle is as stupid as smearing it with a swastika...Just as George W. Bush was not a Nazi for starting the Iraqi War, President Barack Obama is not a "commie-fascist" for advocating a government-subsidized health care plan.

Check out the poster designs on The People's Cube, and comment on the designs and messages.


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