Viva la Resistance

Viva la Resistance uses the background and billboard frame from a Dorothea Lange photograph combined with an image of a female French resistance fighter from an unknown photographer (both available for view here) with a mash-up of photographs of Russian leaders and Donald Trump placed on the face of the billboard. The billboard message, shown in Russian,  reads ‘Russian Mount Rushmore.’ A smaller sign staked into the grass is the image closest to the viewer and reads ‘Private Property No Trespassing’ and the freedom fighter is depicted carefully making her way between the two signs with her gun at the ready. The woman, the billboard frame, and deep background images are shown in the negative while the politicians and ideologues and the warning sign are shown normally. Color is used sparingly and directs the viewer’s gaze to the woman first. Following her worried gaze, as well as Putin’s watchful one, leads the viewer to the dark unknown and out of the picture frame. The other 4 individuals gaze out to the viewer with expressions that seem pleased or amused but ultimately bland. Stalin however, since he is sandwiched between the woman and Putin who are both looking left, is another point of interest and of potential emotional conflict as his expression and bearing seem haughty.
   Viva la Resistance
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