“Propaganda is the use of magic by those who no longer believe against those who still do.” – WH Auden
And Micah Wright, an artist specializing in the remix of old propaganda posters, is a magic master.
Wright has created an ongoing poster project known as the Propaganda Remix Project, a satirical collection of old military propaganda posters repainted to feature modern anti-(fill-in-the-blank after the dash) messages.
After 9/11, Wright became interested in the work of WWI and WWII poster artists and the patriotic messages they extolled. While this interest contributed to his idea for the project, he didn’t officially begin the Remix project until after seeing posters from the Bush Administration which reused old Nazi propaganda imagery.
Wright has worked in videogames, film, television, animation, graphic novels, and comics. He has released three books of political commentary which also feature his graphic posters: You Back the Attack, We’ll Bomb Who We Want!; If You’re Not a Terrorist, Then Stop Asking Questions; and Surveillance Means Security!!
His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Progressive, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and on Fox News.
Below are some of his remixed and re-messaged posters.
To view more of Micah Wright’s remixed war posters, click here.