Fairey had created the original Obama print back in 2008, before he produced a Trump poster fronted with the word “Demagogue”.
This new series of three posters features different Americans and what they stand for. Fairey’s project comes under a larger movement called ‘We The People’ involving 18 artists including Ernesto Yerena and Jessica Sabogal. Nonprofit Amplifier Foundation has commissioned the works to fight against the “hate, fear, and open racism that were normalised during the 2016 presidential campaign”.
The campaign’s Kickstarter has already raised more than US$1.3 million at time of writing. The team explained on the fundraising page, “On January 20th, if this campaign succeeds, we’re going to take out full-page ads in the Washington Post with these images, so that people across the capitol and across the country will be able to carry them into the streets, hang them in windows, or paste them on walls.”
At Fairey’s Los Angeles gallery exhibition opening on Friday, the artist and his team will also be distributing ‘We The People’ prints in honour of Saturday’s Women’s March. The posters can also be downloaded for free via Amplifier Foundation.