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1938 Empire Games Sydney

POSTER 1 / CAPE TO CAIRO

1938 Empire Games Sydney


The first poster I designed for the series The Name Game, titled Cape to Cairo, drew inspiration from two visually similar images. The first is this one, a promotional poster for the Commonwealth Games in Sydney, Australia in 1938, which shows a hurdler leaping across the Sydney harbour. The second is a famous cartoon showing mining magnate and politician Cecil John Rhodes straddling the African continent with a telegraph wire in his hands. The poster that resulted points directly at the swollen ambition and hubris that informed the British colonial project around the world.