Friday, July 18, 2008

Icons / Iconos

It is common to see stickers or drawings on buses in Nicaragua of Che next to the Nike 'swoosh', or the Virgin Mary next to the Apple of Mac computers. Here and in the US the images of revolutionary or counter-culture icons are plastered on t-shirts and teenagers because they are cool, not for any deep knowledge of their actions of complex beliefs. What happens when we remove all distance between the human icons and the commercial ones?

Che-Nike, printed on page from Paginas Amarillas, which by total random chance happened to be the page for 'Guevara'.

Malcolm X - Visa. Malcolm X's most famous quote was to achieve (justice) 'By any means necessary'.

Virgin Halliburton. Halliburton's slogan is 'Release the Energy'. They have received the majority of contract dollars from the US government's war in Iraq.

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