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Curated by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics

August 27– September 29, 2007

Reception Wednesday, September 12, 2007 (4:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

Your sneakers, your iPod or your life. Branding has never been hotter. Adults and children alike are targeted by ads and pressured by peers to buy the right clothes, the right toys and the right cars, and often pay extra for the privilege of being a walking advertisement. Many items have become worth killing for, just for the logo.

Throughout the world, political artists are taking advantage of highly marketed advertising campaigns to bring diverse social causes to the forefront. An iPod ad becomes an image of torture in Abu Ghraib prison. Raid insecticide becomes anti-immigrant spray Fraid. Tony the Tiger becomes Frankentony. Whether they are protesting the Viet Nam or Iraq wars, drawing our attention to sweatshop labor, or opposing the use of pesticides and genetically modified foods, these posters provide an alternative view of reality.

Produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, www.politicalgraphics.org


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