Poster: 88

This poster was submitted for the ‘Pahit Manis’ poster exhibition, at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia. The theme of the exhibition was the ambiguity of good and evil. Are they two opposites of just many shades of grey?

This poster draws on the language and power symbols evoke. Symbols are the most powerful communication tools that have ever existed. Because they have the ability to convey so much meaning, intent and significance in such a compact, immediately recognizable form, the effect that they have is enormous. While this number symbol has positive meaning to the Chinese community, it also has a more sinister meaning to other communities. This number symbol is one of many used by neo-nazis in their flyers; and in opening and closing greetings in letters and emails.

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