Counter-revolutionary art: OBEY and the manufacturing of dissent

  title={Counter-revolutionary art: OBEY and the manufacturing of dissent},
  author={Francesco Screti},
  journal={Critical Discourse Studies},
  pages={362 - 384}
ABSTRACT In this paper I critically analyze the work of Shepard Fairey, the street artist better known as OBEY, as a multimodal discourse. After introducing the notion of street art, I analyze Fairey’s aesthetics, inspired in Pop Art and Soviet Constructivism, as well as his accounts on his own art, in order to unveil his ideology. I then discuss a particular case, concerning the pastiche of the Che Guevara’s image. I will show that the seemingly subversive nature of OBEY’s work, is nothing… 
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