Whistleblower Painting – The Intercept, Citizenfour and Dirty Wars Launch

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In Brooklyn New York  the paperback launch of “Dirty Wars” featured Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras who are all founding members and editors of The Intercept. The magazine was supposed to serve as a platform to report on the documents released by Edward Snowden in the short term, and to “produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues” in the long term. I was greenlighted to create a backdrop for this historic event so I opted for some mid 20th century era propaganda pulp mash ups to retell the stories of the past which society hasn’t seemed to learn from. This piece was unfinished and was mounted to the wall still wet but despite my own criticisms, it was well received. 


The Nation Books and The Intercept invited everyone to Mayday Art Space to celebrate the paperback launch of Dirty Wars and to also preview the trailer of Laura Poitras’s new documentary. Both also spoke after the world premier of the trailer for Pointras’ newest film, “Citizenfour”. The film, a story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the NSA’s surveillance program and his escape from the United States. The trailer warned that “every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial… is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not”.


Greenwald, Pointras and Scahill all discussed the difficulties of protecting sources under the Obama administration, which has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all other presidents combined. It isn’t often Pulitzer-winning cavaliers of press freedom infiltrate the depths of Bushwick, but the infamous trio behind The Intercept were at Mayday space and it was a great honor to provide the art behind them. Other distinguished guests included Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake. I look forward to getting this piece back into my possession or finishing it at some point.  

Below is a link to this historic event and should you make it to the 1 hour 02 min 45 sec mark of the video, I get a special shout out from this crew of journalists, some of whom I call friends. Funny story, 3 years later I would be featured and interviewed by The Intercept for my flaming colonial wagon with giant Indigenous arrows installation at the The People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. right after my time in Standing Rock. Much love to the Mayday crew for letting me flex in this medium.


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Client: The Intercept and Nation Books

Tags: Banners, Branding, Design, Human Rights, News, People's Climate March

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