Monday, January 5, 2009

Chevolution

Che building
Photo I took in Havana last year.

It seemed appropriate with Cuba seeing the 50 year mark since the revolution that I would go and check out a documentary at ACMI titled Chevolution yesterday. It was described as:

"Discover how a 'lucky snap' of Che Guevara became a global icon, selling T-shirts to counterculture, in this investigation of the man, his photographer and a world in love with an image. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the story behind the most reproduced photograph in history is a fascinating journey into the contradictions of revolution and fame, the power of art and mythology and the role that 'viral' commercial exploitation can play in cultural memory. Premiere!"

Yeah... I was expecting some incredible indepth analysis of how the image of Che has evolved through popular culture and the media to become a varied symbol... blah, blah, blah. It was good but was a little half-hearted on both the historical and sociological aspects. It didn't really go one way or the other. It would of been of educational purposes for people who have seen the image but knew nothing about the man - no one I know!
In other news, I haven't started weaving due to all the print shops being closed over the holidays! Curse! Also, I've got the tattoo itch and have been investigating getting something new before going away later this year.

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