Tag Archives: Counter Propaganda

Philanthropists and Palindromes

Filantropi Palindromi (Philanthropic Palindromes)
Political logo restyling.

Here goes an Internet meme related to the Italian political elections of 2018: it’s an unofficial restyling of a logo design. It reads: «Più filantropi con nomi palindromi», Italian for «More philanthropists with palindromes names». It’s part of a series created for a social media viral experience. Stay tuned for more politically incorrect artwork!

Claudio Borghi Aquilini: The Euro Ripper

Claudio Borghi Aquilini: The Euro Ripper
Austerity deconstructivism and sovereignist avant-garde.

Here goes a portrait of Italian economist Claudio Borghi Aquilini (degree in Economics and Banking, and a Master of the Italian Association of Financial Analysts), science popularizer, and currently economic advisor for the political party Lega (League). He started his experience in the financial markets at the young age of 19 while still a student, rapidly gaining relevant positions as a collaborator or worker for Solomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and Deutsche Bank. Later on, he become professor of Economics of Financial Intermediation at the Università del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) in Milan, and also professor of Economics of Credit Companies, and Economy and Art Market.
As an Euroskeptic journalist, Claudio Borghi wrote many articles warning about the problems related to Euro and the European Union. In 2013, together with other economists from Europe, he presented in Brussels the European Solidarity Manifesto, supporting the need for a coordinated dissolution of the Eurozone. He also wrote Basta Euro (Stop Euro, 2014), a manual against European Union’s surrealist demagogy.
Borghi is known for being a tenacious debater. Among several different episodes, during one of his appearances on Italian television, he unmasked the amazing incompetence of his opponent Filippo Taddei, who was claiming that the corralito was a new currency adopted in Argentina. This epic battle became the subject of many internet memes.
Although from opposite ideological backgrounds, Borghi is probably one of the main influences in Alberto Bagnai‘s decision to run as a candidate for the 2018 political elections in Italy.

Besides being an austerity deconstructivist inside the sovereigntist avant-garde, Claudio Borghi is also an art collector and investor, author of the book Investire Nell’Arte – Il Nuovo Oro: Come Salvare I Propri Risparmi Dalla Crisi (Investing In Art – The New Gold: How to Save Your Own Savings from The Crisis, 2013).

The mixed media illustration above was painted with different custom-made brushes and it hasn’t been approved by the European Union. Can you spot the subliminal message?

Alberto Bagnai For Dummies

Prophet Alberto Bagnai
The prophet of the Euro-crisis.

This illustration is a portrait of Alberto Bagnai, economist (with a degree in Economics and Commerce and a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences), science popularizer, and professor of Economic Policy at the University of Chieti.
Beside all of his academic works as a researcher, in 2011 he gave birth to Goofynomics, one of the most influential and awarded Italian blogs in the economic field, focused on public debt, Eurozone crisis and the problems related to Euro. The success achieved with his website continued with the publication of two books: Il Tramonto Dell’Euro (The Euro Sunset, 2012), and L’Italia Può Farcela (Italy Can Do It, 2014).
Traditionally and historically known as a leftist, a few months before the 2018 political elections in Italy, Alberto Bagnai announced that he was going to run as a candidate for the Lega (League), which is considered a right-wing party. The reason he gave for this choice is simple: it’s the only party that offered a concrete political space to his most awkward and urgent ideas. The current left ignored his warnings about the European Union politics and its currency. Furthermore, it «has been executing on behalf of third parties a program of social reforms heavily oriented against the interests of workers» and the people in general. According to Bagnai, the pensée unique hijacked the traditional left and its leaders. To paraphrase Bertolt Brecht, they thought that if the people didn’t agree, then it would be easier to dissolve them and appoint a new people in their place.

Alberto Bagnai (who, as well, is known by the mainstream media as Gianroberto, Norberto, Eriberto, Adriano, Uberto, Gilberto, Giusberto, ecc…) is also the founder of the cultural association a/simmetrie, and a passionate baroque music player.

The drawing related to this post was inspired by vintage engravings, and has several different references. Can you spot them?

A Portrait Of Education In Italy

Minestra Del Istruzzione
Just another politically incorrect drawing.

Here goes a portrait of the current Italian Minister of Education Valeria Fedeli. Due to her role, you might think she has some kind of university degree. She doesn’t. It seems that she doesn’t even have a high school diploma. But the real problem is another: she lied about it on her personal website biography. As if all this wasn’t sad enough, there is also a surreal twist. She is one of the main exponents of the war against fake news! Months ago she started touring schools to promote the project #BastaBufale (#StopHoaxes), aimed against disinformation. Can you believe it?

«Students should not be passive consumers of technology, but become aware producers of information and knowledge. The school must teach them to grow these skills».

Vexillography: False Flag Design

Vexillography: False Flag
How vexillology can influence geopolitics.

The art of designing flags is known as “vexillography”. A flag is generally used to represent something and make it recognizable. This concept is so obvious that can be employed to trick people, like doing something bad and blame it to someone else by using manipulated ensigns to mislead public opinion.
In the last years, the war in Syria produced many examples of this modus operandi. From airstrikes allegedly targeting civilians to different groups of rebels and terrorists, everybody is condemning each other about something. It all seems very confusing. A couple of years ago, I even made a simple infographic to help distinguish moderate terrorists from normal ones.

This illustration is an example of false flag design. It looks like a real one but it isn’t. If you think that creating fake flags is easy you’re wrong: there is a lot of rivalry and competition in this job. The world is full of Machiavellian vexillographers!

Europe Last: Magazine Cover Design

Greece Last
Democracy on the day of execution.

This illustration was inspired by a famous German magazine cover related to U.S. president Donald Trump, on which he was depicted beheading the statue of Liberty. In search of a fair visual sarcasm equality, I decided to create an alternative version of the cover. Instead of the POTUS, now there is the COG (Chancellor of Germany), and in place of the beheaded neoclassical sculpture of Liberty Island you can see the Greek goddess Athena in a less splatter representation. Murder is still implicated, pushed through economic terrorism and financial warfare. Greece, the cradle of democracy, looks like is going to die alongside Europe. The Euro bait is not working anymore. The truth is coming out from Der Zerbrochene Spiegel (The Broken Mirror)!

Cuban Street Art: Fidel Castro

Murales Cubanos: Viva Fidel!
A tribute to murals in Cuba.

The first time a travelled to Cuba, many years ago, I was amazed by the incredible variety of street art on the island, especially in the main cities of La Habana and Santiago. Mural paintings seemed to blend perfectly with the old eclectic architecture and the humidity of the tropical heat. The murales related to political propaganda are still the most charming and classic ones, beside all the different styles and themes of Cuban street art. The ideals of Communism and Socialism perpetrated by Fidel Castro’s Cuban Revolution are a presence that gets life through vibrant colours and epic quotes painted on the walls. Some of the historical figures portrayed in the graffiti shine like Medieval icons with written adages, like the mythological Ernesto “Che” Guevara accompanied by the mantra “Hasta La Victoria Siempre”.

The Cuban mood and location inspired me this mural painting: a portrait of El Señor Comandante Fidel Castro surrounded by vintage lettering and classic quotes from the Revolución Cubana, such as “Cuba Libre”, “Viva La Revolución”, “Fieles A Nuestra Historia”, “Cuba es Fidel. Yo soy Fidel”.
Several years later, back to La Habana, I checked to see if the graffiti was still there. Here is the picture of that wall. Viva Cuba, Viva Fidel!

The Rise And Fall Of The Petrodollar System?

The Rise and Fall of the Petroldollar System
A digital view of the global economic situation.

In the last couple of years, rumors of an imminent end for the petrodollar system have spread out in the Internet. These rumors have become louder in the last few months, enough to force someone to make official and public declarations alleging that anyone who claims the economy is in decline, is a liar peddling fiction. But it seems that economic fiction is going to be a new trend. So we decided to create a new gallery of artworks related to Economic Fiction, beside the Science Fiction category that was already online.
Is the idea of an economic collapse just negative propaganda?

This drawing was made an year ago as a satirical illustration, even though someone claims it’s just an infographic.

Satirical Euroscepticism: The Euro-Bait

The Euro-Bait
Minimal vectors and digital brushes under the sea.

This satirical illustration was made years ago for an article related to the European monetary system and the rise of euroskepticism. It’s a digital view of the deep financial seas of Europe: how many fishes will take the bait? Will Euro still be the future for EU? Are we going back to a national money system or towards a global currency?

We provide beautifully designed tarots for economic predictions that would answer your questions. Stay tuned for the upcoming release!