Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. Our hearts and minds are heavy and quiet this weekend as we contemplate the two decades and lost lives and liberties since September 11, 2001.
It’s impossible to know what the world would have looked like had those fateful events not taken place twenty years ago, and only a handful would have predicted that it would have been used as a springboard for more wars that cost more lives. As the country pulls out of Afghanistan so badly and obviously, a real examination of the soul is taking place. There is no real purpose served by trying to extricate the pain of loss locally from those sufferred globally as a result of the events of September 11th, except for us New Yorkers to reflect on how our city is forever changed. Thankfully, New Yorkers prove time and again that we are also forever determined to overcome and to come together.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring BAT, Below Key, BK Foxx, Chris RWK, Chupa, De Grupo, Early Riser NYC, Fumero, Futura, Hand Up, Manik, Modomatic, Naito Oru, Pope, Rezo, and Toofly.
But one of the Real Winners in ’08 was Mr. Obey, who can now lay claim to having created an Iconic image that transcends many categories and ends up in the history books. And let’s hear it for Community Organizing! – a term snarled from the stage of the puffy pasty convention. Shepard Fairey deserves praise for all the work he did with MoveOn.org and the Obama campaign to bring more diverse voices (many of them voting for the first time) into the big tent and help reclaim a sense of a government for the people by the people. How grand.
And there were many inspired versions of the original Red/Blue Change-Hope-Progress posters, sometimes with themes in direct opposition to Obama’s, sometimes so quirky and wacky that they wandered off the farm. There must have been hundreds – every kid with Photoshop and a smart-alecky wit did a version; maybe wheatpasting it, sometimes planting it on a t-shirt, more often emailing it- now that’s Democracy!
What? Me Vote? (Mad Magazine)
Zapata believe it! (PatrickStJohn.org)
Dodged a Bullet on That One! These Were Up in Williamsburg for about a Week (frighteningprospect.com)
Bork De Bork De Bork! The Swedish Chef! (Sleeper Cell)