Puerto Rico: Generalissima Clinton

May 14th, 2008
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IMG_7386, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

These posters were plastered all over the windows in an office across the street from our hotel, along with the giant words “HILLARY 2008.” What struck me about it is the pose. When I pointed it out to Tammi, she said it reminded her of the work of Shepard Fairey in his Obey Giant campaign. It’s true, the profile and the flowing flag in the background are very reminiscent of the authoritarian posters that Fairey references.
Honestly, I haven’t seen that many Hillary posters in Brooklyn, so maybe these things are all over the place on the mainland, but it seemed unusual to me.
If it is targeted to PR, is the design a cultural thing? God knows the Caribbean and South America have a penchant for authoritarian regimes, but Puerto Rico hasn’t ever had one as far as I know.

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