#20 Tony Garifalakis, Mob Rule

by Allison H.




“The Mob rule series features many notable ‘characters’, from British royals – Prince Charles, Lady Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles – to political leaders – Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, George W Bush and Robert Mugabe.”

In this series, the faces of notable figures are covered by black spray paint, and all photographs are formal portraits to signify power. The use of blacking out indicates his interest in censorship which I found is especially political. The use of spray paint refers to the pop culture, street art, graffiti, also creates raw visions that oppose to the formal portraits of the powerful figures. The contrast between the two makes me think about the correlation and what Tony Garifalakis tries to say.