Have you ever run into a former world leader at Coachella? Of course you haven’t, you just went a little heavy on the ‘shrooms. But what if you had?
In his “Hipstory” collection, Israeli illustrator Amit Shimoni re-envisions some of the most influential policymakers of the past as if they were millennials. It’s a queer feeling when something is doubly recognizable – the face of Abraham Lincoln in the garb of the guy reading Juxtapoz next to you at the coffeeshop – yet simultaneously incongruous.
There’s a playful cognitive dissonance at work in Shimoni’s art, but it also has a certain wryness that speaks to the cult of celebrity reigning in politics, where a state chief’s likeability and relatability now take precedence over their aptitude as a leader.
¡Viva la revolución – and pass me a Pabst!
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