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STOP! Si al divieto dei minareti. Original Swiss Political Protest Poster

STOP! Si al divieto dei minareti. Original Swiss Political Protest Poster

  • 2009
  • Alexander Segert
  • 36 x 51 inches ~ (91 x 129 cm)
  • Unbacked

    This poster is currently unbacked. At check out, you will be given the opportunity to add backing which would cost $225 and take approximately 6-8 weeks.

    Linen backing is the industry standard of conservation. Canvas is stretchered and a sheet of acid free barrier paper is laid down. The poster is then pasted to the acid free paper using an acid free paste. This process is fully reversible and gives support to the poster. A border of linen is left around the poster and can be used by a framer to mount the poster so that nothing touches the poster itself. Backing is what we recommend for framing, and for any poster needing restoration.

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  • Stop! Yes to the minaret ban.

    Quite possibly the most powerful poster of the past decade–or perhaps longer–which cuts through all the clutter and demonstrates just what a poster can accomplish. As stated in an article by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times on Sunday, January 10, 2010, “Switzerland stunned many Europeans, including not a few Swiss, when . . . the country, by referendum, banned the building of minarets . . . A poster was widely cited as having galvanized votes for the Swiss measure, but was also blamed fort exacerbating hostility towards immigrants . . . [The poster] used minarets rising from the Swiss flag like missiles . . . Beside the missiles a woman glowers from inside a niqab. ‘Stop’ is written below in big, fire-engine-red letters. The obvious message: Minarets lead to Sharia law. Never mind that there are only four minarets in Switzerland to begin with . . . It may be hard for Americans to grasp the role these images can play [in Europe]. In subways and on the streets of America, posters and billboards are eye-catching if sexy or stylish . . . but they’re basically background noise. By contrast, they’re treated more seriously [in Switzerland], as news, at least when they’re political Molotov cocktails. Cheap to produce . . . and easy to spread in small countries like Switzerland, where referendums are catnip to populists, they have the capacity to rise above the general noise.” Segert is the manager of Goal, the public relations firm for the ultranationalist Swiss People’s Party, currently the leading political party in Switzerland. Hand-signed by the artist.

    This is Italian version of the poster, we also have the French and Swiss-German printings available.

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