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Commissioned as part of the poster campaign for the Land of Human Rights project, a three year, mutlidisplinary exhibition and related activities, I was invited by <rotor> to make a poster to be distributed throughout Graz, Austria and other cities in Europe on one facet of current human rights law. Among the thirty articles in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there are a few that emphasize economic rights such as the right to social security, the right to work, the right to join trade unions and the right to leisure. The declaration doesn’t go far enough because it tends to seperate juridical and political from economic rights but even in its current, timid form, we can see that during the last thirty years, with the increasing liberalization of finance capital, deregulation and supply side economics, even these basic tenets of the declaration are violated, whether by design or by negligence. Thus what does it mean to live in countries that claim to support the rule of law but violate them continually, often in the name of guaranteeing them? The invitation came around the same time as the financial crisis in late 2008. My poster focuses on the revolving door between money, influence and patriarchy that characterizes politics, banking and indeed, most sectors of society, today.

 

2009, A2 size poster, edition of 5000, in Graz and elsewhere

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