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Self Relief

Self Relief

The Illustration I'm submitting is about human rights.
Questioning how images can convey propagandistic ideas, and how to subvert this process was the starting idea from which I developed the final outcome. I decided to use one of the most symbolic methods of censorship used by dictators all around the world - fire - against the most "untouchable" image of those cult-of-personality based regimes: the effigy of the leader.
I chose a photograph of the first North Korean dictator, Kim Il Sung, because it seemed to me the most clear example of it, considering the almost-holy mythology that is linked to his person, and the degree of veneration he managed to attract, but the meaning and the message are meant to be unilateral, and aimed at similar situations as well.
I consider images to be powerful vehicles for information, and I am aware that sometimes they are used to alter the way we perceive the truth: by physically altering one of them, I hope to have partially restored its lost truthfulness.
The process I used involved fire, photographs and screenprinting.
The size of the final print is A0.

Human Rights
Human Rights
Human Rights