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Shepard Fairey about We The People

Shepard Fairey about We The People

This video is nice rough cut made in the days of the Trump inauguration and the following Women’s March in Los Angeles. But the filmmaker Laura Rudich began with an interview of Shepard Fairey at his latest exhibition in gallery Subliminal Projects. The project is a kind of collaboration with Photographer Jim Marshall (1936-2010) titled American Civics.

The exhibition is a showcase of Fairey’s interpretation of Marshall’s photography from the 1960’s, as well as a collection of work by Fairey inspired by the current state of our political climate. That is how we know Fairey. The title ‘American Civics’ really fits him.

My interest was mainly on the three works he made for the inauguration: We The People. He made portraits of those who are currently most under fire by Donald Trump: Latinas, Muslim Americans and Afro-Americans.

Fairey:

We felt that is was very important to see unity, that we can see ourselves in others. That is why I made We the people. Seeing common bonds. That is the way we have to move forward because all current kind of apathy, phobias, sexism, islamophobia and racism are not working.

Shepard Fairey about We The People

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1 Comment

  1. Toro Castano 2 months ago

    We live in a universe of signs as citizens under a capitalist plutocracy. It’s a little disingenuous and simplistic to place a loaded symbol on top of another heavily loaded symbol (the hijab has been the subject of legislation in France) and then speak of it in rhetorical terms.

    Fairey says the whole idea of this series is to use affect presumably to initiate dialog. Americans love to use emblems as signs of our progress on racial, economic…issues but they flatten out complex issues making them perfect as sound bytes but not so useful for the groups they represent. It’s very much like the, I don’t see color or race stance. Such a person doesn’t see oppression either. Fairey attended art school, he’s smarter than this and should be aware exactly what he’s doing.

    To place a flag on a Hijab is beyond offensive given what has been done in the name of the flag in areas like the Middle East. How can one argue that the flag as a metonym for freedom is a pure symbol when the highest officer in our Nation is an openly avowed racist?

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