POSTER POLITICS: AN EXHIBITION ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM


Originally published on pinupmagazine.org

They say you shouldn’t discuss politics at the dinner table but at London’s Design Museum it feels as though it’s been downright swept under the rug. Buried in a basement corner of its cavernous home in the repurposed Commonwealth Institute, Hope to Nopea new exhibition exploring graphics and politics over the last ten years is a little difficult to find. Even when Shephard Fairey’s ubiquitous “Hope” poster does appear at the bottom of the staircase, it’s visually interrupted by a bold box informing visitors: “The Design Museum does not necessarily endorse any of the views expressed in this exhibition, some of which may cause offence.” I’m sure many exhibitions include these kinds of disclaimers, but none of them have clamoured quite so loudly…

Originally published on pinupmagazine.org

 

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