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Geography ≠ Culture: Thanks to the internet we are creating new cultures fluidly and without violence. This poster emerges from a transient conte… Read More
Geography ≠ Culture: Thanks to the internet we are creating new cultures fluidly and without violence. This poster emerges from a transient context, and is a product of the digital age. Read Less
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The copy of this poster reads:
 
 
                               NOT
 
america is a place
 
UNITED STATES
IS
 
 
                                  A
PLACE
 
it is not a race
                             RACE
 
The intention of this piece is to re-enfoce the commonly overlooked
fact that America, the nation & geographical location is a place, a government,
and is not specific to any particular culture in general. America was founded
on the principles of freedom; diversity- ideally of course. 
 
With the constant conflict between the US and Arabic speaking nations I thought
it would be interesting to use an English typeface that reflects the aesthetics of 
the Arabic alphabet. Ironically this poster would be difficult for anyone to read, as
any perceived Arabic characters are just shapes, and English speakers would see
the shapes as being Arabic.
 
The warped copy in the middle of the composition is comprised of phrases such
as "Fourth of July, Big Mac, McDonald's Hamburger, Back Yard Barbeque". The 
meshing of American symbols and cultural tropes- phoenetically, while deconstructing
them typographically creates a piece with a transient context, percieved to exist in 
different realms, depending on the individual viewing it.