Inspired by the rise in ultra-nationalism and worldwide threat to democratic ideas and principles, Your Leader Could be a Tyrant, How to Tell incorporates silhouetted images of each tyrant with hand-stamped text about their peculiar habits, statistical information about their rule, and accompanying texts discussing common traits of dictators. Originally conceived as a companion to Your Co-Worker Could Be A Space Alien from 1985, this book mixes humor and horror to underscore our contemporary reality.
Whereas, We Declare: Courage is an artist’s book that combines the text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with drawn images and statistical information about immigration. Texts celebrate how the history of accepting immigrants to USA, is essential to defining who we are as a nation, both by enriching our cultural horizons as well as contributing significantly the science, industry and the humanities. It points to the now 70 year old document (UDHR) created by the UN in 1948, and signed by 48 nations, which underscores the shortsightedness of the current anti-immigrant fervor.
The entire UDHR is included, along with a listing of the signatory nations, and immigrants who have made significant contributions to our society and culture. Selected texts from the UDHR are hand stamped using wood type.
The book has 64 pages, coptic bound, with hard covers. Edition 40 copies.
All images copyright Tatana Kellner