According to the BBC, the French car marker, Citroen, has apologised for an advertisement featuring Mao which ran in the Spanish newspaper El Pais. What I find interesting about this is the response of, presumably, young(er) commentators. Given that their parents and grandparents are likely to have suffered to some extent during the Cultural Revolution, their support for Mao seems surprising. Perhaps the unwillingness, or sheer inability (due to trauma and fear of repercussions) of the older generation to discuss the human aspects of the Cultural Revolution, has created a chasm between the experiences of those who lived through it, and the popular imagining of China under Mao? Would a ‘remembrance’ museum of the Cultural Revolution make a difference?
January 17, 2008
December 22, 2007
I found thisages ago, and it’s been sitting on my desktop waiting for me to do something with it. I think the author cogently expresses the ethical grey-area into which communist propaganda (as kitsch, or otherwise) falls. Not to mention the fear of one’s intention by displaying this material being misinterpreted. I enjoyed reading the comments best. Particularly those suggesting that the poster of Mao be modified in a Duchamp kind of style. Oh, the irony. 😉
September 29, 2007
April 28, 2007
I love this!
Need to think of some way of incorporating it into a future presentation…
March 30, 2007
March 22, 2007
March 10, 2007
How many vanguard fighters of the Chinese working class with communist consciousness does it take to change a light bulb?
Change? You capitalistic roader and enemy of the four modernisations! You must SMASH the light bulb and BUILD a new one.
Via The Hermeneutic of Continuity (see also for a nice pic of a propaganda print).