Fistful of Dollars, Duck You Sucker, Navajo Joe.

Juan Rivas

Year 12
School: Canning Vale College
Medium: Digital illustration

Artist statement: These three pieces are reworked imaginings of late 1960’s and early 1970’s Spaghetti Western movie posters, reconceptualised to touch on prominent social and political issues in my home country of Venezuela. These works allude to Southern American and Australian cinema (films such as Mad Max and Pelo Malo) further examining issues such as violence, the perpetuation of elitist culture, extremism and regression. This web of homage is intended to foreground the political maladies waylaying Venezuela, bringing them to more public consciousness. Through these works, viewers can engage with recognisable, exploitative symbolism, repurposed to address current real-world issues.

 


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