Feed the Rich, Bleed the Poor

The globalization of economies, cultures, and politics could lead to many uniting aspects of integrating a world society; yet current practices are driven by capitalist multinational corporations and corrupt organizations that cost billions of the worlds people and their local systems and environments deadly consequences. The wealthy upperclass benefit gaining terrible power over developing economies and governments, cultures and resources. The rich surround themselves with lavish and luxurious food, places, and art, and increasingly become more wealthy, creating a great divide and oppression, instead of a world that is united, flourishing and healthy in economic, environmental, and social justice. This gallery is intended to show aspects of, and the dichotomy between the ideals of globalization and the realities of the effects of our current free trade world economy. Throughout the centuries art is one of the ways we have documented history and events, and it seems there is endless evidence of the division power and money create.          

Alighiero Boetti commissioned a map with each of the countries flag filling up its territory (of that time). The artistic expression and creation of a world map, or Mappa, divided into its separate countries is a representation of how the world was seen at that time, participating in the movement and understanding of a world and its different economies, though also engaging in a global one. It is interesting to note that unlike many modern day practices of outsourcing labor and supplies, the artist used local resources to create his art, embroidered by women of a local embroidery school in Afghanistan where he lived. Creating the concept of a world map using local resources to do so is an example of the connection the world and all its separate countries can have, while maintaining the integrity of their local economy and systems. A positive reinforcement of globalization that doesn't divide the rich and poor, but sustains a healthy balance.
The statesmen in this lithograph are depicted bloated and dozing by greed and corruption. Being nearly two hundred years old, political satire is not a new idea that the government is sick with corruption, and sleepy on matters that don't benefit them directly. Governments greatly adhere to what is profitable for powerful corporations and their wealthy agents, but putting local letting in legislation that is detrimental to cultures, economies, and
An image of a large work load on the back of an elderly Japanese farm woman in the late nineteenth century expresses and symbolizes the hard labor that has come to rest on the shoulders of asian workers today, via western countries outsourcing labor to third world countries with an even greater emphasis on creating poverty and ignoring workers rights in areas of Asia such as India and Vietnam
Albert Bierstadt painted idealistic beauty of the rocky mountains and the american dream of moving out west. The landscape is dramatic and romanticized with a sweeping view and glowing light. This ideal vision of the environment is one that the human imagination creates in the prospect of traveling or adventuring abroad. But the realities of industrialization and unregulated corporate practices are leading to environmental disasters in which wonders like the Rocky Mountains may fade into the past
Zenna Assi captures the weighted pressure and stress of living in environments where houses are crammed together and on top of one another. Millions of people worldwide live in poverty in slums stacked and overwhelmed with people such as depicted in her scene of Beirut. Though this is not the ideal world that globalization gives way to, it is the reality of an increasing gap between the wealthy and the poor
In this nineteenth century political cartoon William Pitt and Napoleon Bonaparte sit cutting up the globe and dividing it up amongst themselves, a very clear image of their drive for world domination. In a political cartoon of today, we may see the same image, but instead of men symbolizing their country, we would see organizations like the IMF and NAFTA siting at the table. Political satire is one way creative artist translate and depict difficult political concepts and agendas to the masses.
The etching by Francisco de Goya is an example of the effects and consequences of war. In this particular print, the man smiles contently over the dead hanging men. Taking pleasure in ones death seems to be something only power and greed can corrupt one to. Such power and greed is transformed into less obvious issues today, such as policies the western world create to gain economic control over third world countries. A sort of content smile of the western world gazing at the choking third world
An ideal representation of plenty and health. However nutrition deficiency is one of the main issues of modern times, even in wealthy western countries where overconsumption of processed foods cause disease
Happy End represents the terrible environmental damage of corporations like coca cola and monsanto around the world. The polar bear (often used in their advertising, which is often protested against) is trapped inside the plastic Coca Cola bottle wading in the cola.
The Fashion industry is a huge culprit in outsourcing work to countries with cheap labor and no workers unions - Companies like Nike profit off of poor people and counties in deep poverty, while significantly minimizing jobs in their own local economy. Americans have suffered serious unemployment due to offshoring labor.
The current policies of free trade and globalization lead to systems that emulate slavery of the eighteenth century, i.e. sweatshops abroad that may not give way to basic human rights and labor laws
This lithograph shows three affluent and powerful men in waste coats and top hats. The artist's caption is one of great arrogance, symbolizing their high status and disgust and disregard for those of a lower status. Each bears an expression that is sharp and shrewd, and they walk together arm in arm. The three of them depicted together is reminiscent of bankers and a monopoly.
This piece could represent the disregard for people in society, and the need for labor unions in Asia. The men are immobile stuck in their position and blinded by the blindfolds of society. One could perceive the fist statue in the background reminiscent to the fist symbol of labor unions. As the overall hue of the piece is dead and haunting, it would seem such issues and lack of social justice is what prevails
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