Beauty is in the street
digital illustration, hand lettering

Mentors: Max Bruinsma, Simon Davies

The poster is a translation of Beauty is in the street (La beauté est dans la rue), one of many anonymous posters from student protests in France in 1968.

The original poster depicts a female protester, standing in the street, and throwing a brick. The text — Beauty is in the street — is a play on words, as "beauté" can refer to the beautiful woman, or to splendor of the protest. The woman in the original poster is a reference to liberty in Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple) by Eugène Delacroix, the famous painting from the French Revolution.

In my poster, I replaced the student protests with FEMEN protests. Compared to the 1968 poster, the woman in my poster even more strongly resembles liberty from the Delacroix painting, whose robust figure and bare breasts perfectly correlate with FEMEN protests.