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Peter Kennard’s G8 Protest Posters

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Peter Kennard's G8 Protest Posters pasted up next to the Tesco off Mare Street, Hackney, London. © Leah Borromeo

Peter Kennard's G8 Protest Posters pasted up next to the Tesco off Mare Street, Hackney, London. © Leah Borromeo

Peter Kennard and I have been doing a thing around the G8 this year. He had some images. I suggested sticking them on the t’interwebs, open sourcing them and then pasting them up on the street.

They ended up in Enniskillen – the town nearest to where the G8 Summit was being held. Here, the person posting them was arrested for sticking them up on David Cameron’s Potemkin Village – the part of the town he pasted up photographs of full restaurants and prosperous shops over the boarded up doors and windows of actual closed ones.

He was taken to the police station and whilst the officer registering him was keen on locking him up, the Detective Inspector turned out to be a bit of an art fan. The DI saw Peter’s “Casino Boy” image, asked for a copy and our friend was sent on his merry way.

The posters were also picked up and posted around Glasgow, Manchester, Omagh, Loch CantRememberCantPronounce and some really really lovely kids in Brighton ran off some very nice stickers which were put to good use in London and Brighton. They got into the New Statesman, the Metro and a load of other publications.

Take one dude with some harrowing visual messages of truth, add a walking megaphone of a journalist with a trouble streak and here is the result. Suck on this, bitch.
http://g8protestposters.tumblr.com/

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