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Ben Cowan

Adele Castro: Hello From The Other Side

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While I was backpacking with the family around Cuba a few years ago, Fidel Castro's face was still everywhere despite, or perhaps because, he had just passed. Back home Adele's face was everywhere, her third album, 25 was like 80% of all music sales, and the first track, Hello was being played everywhere. So I created Adele Castro: Hello From The Other Side, a composition with a face melded from the two, as if it was street art on a wall in Trinidad, Cuba. This piece is a comment on hagiographic portraits in both capitalist and communist worlds.

I love street art. In Cuba, the crumbling colonial walls serve as a wonderful canvas to project a commentary on what is a country with an incredible history, and is still one of the most unique places to visit in the world. In this composition, I was also inspired by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte in that it is both broad daylight and night at the same time.

Pin-sharp vector image rendered as a giclee limited edition print (/60) on 310gsm Hahnemuehle art paper. Posted out in a cardboard tube.

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