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"Naturally, the common people don't want war...but, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship....Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought into the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Herrmann Goering, during the Nuremberg Trials, 1946
Peace Signs is the ultimate collection of posters and graphics from the war in Iraq: uncensored, political and thought-provoking. Over 200 full color posters from artists and designers from over 22 countries worldwide, featuring artwork by the prominent American poster artists Seth Tobocman, Shepard Fairey, Winston Smith, Chuck Sperry, Sue Coe, Ward Sutton, Nicole Schuman and Mike Flugennock.
Peace Signs is much more than a collection of 200 anti-war graphics relating to the Iraq War and the global protests leading up to the conflict. It is about the collective effort of a worldwide resistance to war.
These posters question the very definition of patriotism, capitalism and the imperialistic intentions of the US government.
The graphic styles displayed are as diverse as the people and countries themselves, ranging from the humorous to the sobering, each containing their own brand of thought-provoking slogans and images.
Many of these graphics and posters are the ones seen carried in the marches, posted on city walls and shown via the internet, on television and in newspapers and magazines throughout the world.
Peace Signs documents the creative side of activism and reminds future generations that massive resistance to war and public policy existed in 2003. It connects the past to the present and has the ability to inspire future artwork and actions against war.
"In early 2003, activists opposed to the war in Iraq produced thousands of anti-invasion posters for rallies around the world. 'The idea of the skilled, trained artist was erased,' design historian Nicolas Lampert explains in the introduction to this survey of the anti-war images; 'with the influx of computer design programs, scanners and photocopy machines, nearly any person with an idea could create a thought-provoking visual statement.' As this book shows, however, the results of such newfound design democracy are mixed. Some of the book's 187 images are indeed bold, sophisticated and arresting. Mark Vallen's poster 'Not our Children, Not their Children,' for example, contains a moving, realistic drawing of a man carrying a wounded boy. And Amedeo De Palma's elaborate Photoshop collage, 'This is America!,' is a colorful parody of Oval Office jingoism. Many of the most compelling entries convey specific ideas rather than mere opposition to war itself-TomPaine.com's 'I Want You,' for example, presents an Uncle Sam-style recruiting poster in which Osama bin Ladin exhorts America to invade Iraq so that he can gain new recruits. Less successful entries, though, seem to exist as little more than rudimentary design exercises. Mann organizes the anti-war images into seven thematic categories (e.g. No Blood for Oil, Collateral Damage), and this arrangement can be monotonous. The section entitled 'Bombs Over Baghdad,' for example, offers 29 consecutive pages of bombs morphing into gravestones, pills, footballs, crayons and pretzels. But if the book as a whole suffers from uninspired presentation, it nonetheless provides a valuable survey of how professional and amateur designers have responded to the Iraq war. 230 color illustrations." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
is the ultimate collection of posters and graphics from the war in Iraq uncensored, political and thought-provoking. Over 200 full color posters from artists and designers from over 22 countries worldwide, featuring artwork by the prominent American poster artists Seth Tobocman, Shepard Fairey, Winston Smith, Chuck Sperry, Sue Coe, Ward Sutton, Nicole Schuman and Mike Flugennock.
Foreword by Howard Zinn. Historical introduction by Nicolas Lampert.
The ultimate collection of posters and graphics from the anti war-in-Iraq movement, uncensored, political and thought-provoking.