How did Fidel Castro turn from hero to villain?
On 26th November 2016, after a year that showed the lasting power of right-wing egos in contemporary politics Fidel Castro finally succumbed to death by illness, after surviving countless assassination attempts.
But during more than half a century in office Castro metamorphosed from a popular and charismatic guerrilla leader into a traditional caudillo, an autocratic holdover from another age.
Essentially he transformed himself from hero to villain.
His branded slogan “socialism or death” represented the headstrong rebel turned statesman who swam with the current of history when it suited, but dared to fight it when it turned against him.
Even when the Obama administration held out an olive branch that would kick-start diplomatic relations between the two countries Castro only saw a fight.
As he wrote a scornful letter railing against the US President and saying Cuba needed nothing from its longtime enemy.
Castro's death reminds us that nothing has changed
After the triumphs of right-wing extremism that has led to a post-Brexit post-Trump world we are reminded that the same psychological egos that almost led us to a full blown nuclear war – Missile Crisis history – has resurfaced.
Different faces but the same faults of the egotistical male in positions of power.
You're part of society doomsday, whether you like it or not
The election of Donald Trump and wider geopolitical turbulence are so dangerous that the scientists behind the Doomsday Clock have pushed it forward to 2 minutes and 30 seconds before midnight.
The new “time” means experts at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists believe the earth is closer to imminent peril than at any point in the last 64 years.
The clock, an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to nuclear, environmental and political threats, and this has been played out by a society that has been seemingly willing to self-destruct.
All these realtime moments is making the world a more dangerous place than it was last year and they are all led by male egos.
A throwback to the legacy making revolution of Castro and the “bearded ones”.
Presenting 'Countdown To Phallus Decay': signed offset poster
Fidel Castro’s death reminds us that very little has changed in a male dominated world of political egos.
As the world edges closer to Doomsday we must ask ourselves who is to be held accountable in a society that has accepted right-wing extremism and fake-news as consumable entertainment.
This limited edition print symbolises the lost honour of men in a post-Trump world where political male egos deceive with Tweets of “revolution” in order to playout the dangerous sport of legacy building regimes.
Brand Fidel Castro
Throughout his long reign Castro nurtured his own legend, keeping even into old age his beard and olive-green uniform that had made him an instantly recognisable world figure.
Before it became a buzzword, Fidel Castro created a strong personal brand image that he constantly projected onto the Cuban nation as he dictated the communist state.
Leotard Fetching John F. Kennedy
Playing opposite to the rugged masculinity of Latin America’s Fidel Castro and Che Guevara a balletic looking JFK gets ready to pounce in his well fitted leotard.
Riding a rocket, Kennedy symbolises United States, often, bombastic view to International policies that saw him go head to head with Castro during the Missile Crisis.
Missle Shaped Phallus
Acting as two hands of the Doomsday Clock, ballistic missiles is the ultimate penis compensation for the legend focused male egos who look to inprint their single minded view onto the world.
These two phallus shaped weapons of mass destruction mirrors the man’s pursuit to run down the Doomsday timer.
Quai d'Orsay Cigar
A symbol of luxury to the outside world, from within the cigar is sign of socialism in action.
The communist state forcably takes 95% of tabacco crops from farmers at dirt-cheap prices, only to sell them as a high-end item to big markets like France.
Quai d’Orsay repackages Cuba’s socialist corruption into their own symbol of french je ne sais quo.
From the first time I saw the painting until now, I still keep finding details.
It seems to have a collage of real prints in the wall with the knowledge of having a real painting. You cannot see the difference, but ones you get closer you can discover a full rage of details.
The result is an interesting portrait of the world today. Countdown to phallus Decay, is a beautiful, but interesting example of its kind. The painting is talking about a period of time, especially as this one is remembering the big egos that are currently leading this world.
As a Mexican and Latin American citizen, I feel very attached to this one. The way of working realism as a collage, makes it very unique. "It really looks like a photograph."
I have seen other paintings, and series, and I can say James is quite an expert in realism. Combined with such an interesting topics, makes you thinking about buying a good piece of art like this in your wall.
It's more easy to understand compared to a lot of other art out there.
I enjoy the photorealism genre overall, but the thing I like the most about what James is doing is the modernizing of older classical motives that puts a light on the current issues of our times through Post Internet art.
It's more easy to understand compared to a lot of other art out there.
I would recommend James's work! It's different from other pieces out there in a way where you won't find this specific combination of message, provocation and thought in a piece of art that at the same time is quite easy to understand.
What makes this limited edition print unique?
Continuing the challenge to preserve the present through realtime art, Countdown To Phallus Decay symbolises how history is repeating itself through the actions of narcisstic leaders.
This is the only artwork to remind us how Fidel Castro's death shows us how little the world has changed since the Cold War.
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This print will next be available in April 2018 for a limited time.
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Coundown To Phallus Decay signed offset poster
Countdown To Phallus Decay is for anti-Trump print collectors who realise that narcissistic egos in political power only serve to divide people in their own image.