In the second post in this series, I offer another image I came across at the British Library’s excellent summer exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion. Unlike the previous image, however, I think this one could easily be interpreted with contemporary relevance. Specifically, with regards to the ongoing debate in the United States about incarceration and prison reform.
This image, “Freedom American-Style” by B. Prorokov, jumped out at me immediately. The piece was produced during the Cold War (1971), and offers a Russian interpretation of the United States as a prison state. From the British Library’s page on the poster:
“In this Soviet poster, New York’s famous Statue of Liberty is parodied as a look-out tower for the American police to observe its people, mocking the idea that it is a symbol of freedom. The poster attacks and subverts American propaganda that promoted the idea of the democratic freedom of the West.”