The Politically Potent Medium of the Poster


Patrick Maun Can You Hear Me Now Image

In the past artist Patrick Maun has tackled genocide through "the politically potent medium of the poster" and other mediums in his Genocide Project:

Never again. Throughout history, every country and every people has repeated this simple maxim. Yet genocide continues to happen with a surprising regularity. According to the organization Genocide Watch, the crime is currently occurring in over three dozen countries. While genocide spans human history, I am most interested in modern genocide. The term itself is of recent origin – coined by legal scholar and tireless crusader Raphael Lemkin in 1943.

The Genocide Project is a multi-part artistic exploration of modern violence begun in 2005.

Maun’s most recent poster (Can You Hear Me Now?) for the latest Poster Offensive—a project started in response to the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004—takes on the issue of  “conflict minerals in Africa and our dependence on them for high-tech gadgets, computers and other detritus of daily life.”

Cassiterite, which is the mineral I write about in this poster, is actually being touted as a green solution to tin and other more harmful minerals…. The narratives here show two perspectives of artisanal mining through the eyes of a pro-mining marketing piece, and those of a mine porter.

Patrick Maun Can You Hear Me Now Detail Image

Images by Patrick Maun.


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