Sunday, May 15, 2011

IMAGE FOR ESSAY MAHA - LET THEM EAT CRACK

This is an image of immense scale
I have included the cars and people to illustrate the magnitude
LET THEM EAT CRACK is a political statement by banksy about how coldly the corporates in America treat everyone they are symbolised by the rat with the neck tie holding the breifcase
the text has ben written in blood and there is blood on the hands of the rat (corporates).The rat also shelters himself with an umbrella which I beleive is a comment on the bush administration bailing out big corporations in the US effectively insulating them from the reccesion.
It is obvious that banksy has alot of contempt for corporate America.
the money falling out of the breifcase suggests greed.An interesting fact I found out is that rat is also an anagram for art.

9 comments:

  1. hae its Gerard here gruop uno, jus wundering who did up ChocaBlogg because i didn't get the email invite.

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  2. let them eat crack is a play on words from the famous quote "let them eat cake" attributed to Marie-Antoinette. She is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. the usual interpretation of this is that Marie-Antoinette understood little about the plight of the poor and cared even less.

    put in a modern context and with cake substituted for crack it reminds me reading about the crack epidemic in the mid 80's to early 90's where the murder rate for young black men doubled and and led to a spike in crime in low economic urban areas.

    connecting these too ideas the meaning i see in this is a political statement about a dis-connection between the powers that be and the common man. a government apathetic to the and poor and disenfranchised, and the lack of accountability from big business.

    also Marie Antoinette used to have a group of servants whose only responsibility was to hold her parasol and make sure she was adequately shaded.

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  4. this is the email you gave me
    mull79@manukaumail.com
    if it's wrong come see me

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  5. yeah sorry its mull97@manukaumail.com.. but yeah will do.

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  6. Maha,
    good job on expressing you interpretation of the Banksy work.
    You have addressed both content: political statement and corporatization for instance.
    And form: scale and red paint for example.
    Keep up the good work
    Hobbs

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  8. Joanne,
    your feedback for is very insightful, with a couple of alternative context's for Maha to view the work in: historical, political and racial, for instance.
    (The blog is still waiting for your first post: an image from your essay with content broken down. It is surprising that you have commented three times, all without addressing the tasks that have been specifically set?)
    Hobbs

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  9. my computer won't let me upload images when ever i go to upload or download anything it chrashes. so i haven;t been able to D}=

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