Rhodesia was Super Serigraph

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Korero books recently collaborated with Derek Yaniger again and the result is a new Serigraph entitled “Rhodesia was Super“. This four color silk-screened print is based off a travel slogan from the 1970s and is limited to an edition of 100. All profits will be donated to the Zimbabwe Agricultural Welfare Trust, a charity which seeks to provide support for the beleaguered agricultural community in Zimbabwe.

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I wouldn’t want to cross the line between design and politics without good reason, nor offer any succour to Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe, but I can’t let this one go. Rhodesia was NOT super: it was a white supremacist state. Sure, it’s only a poster, and sure, the proceeds go to a charitable cause, but however well-intentioned and aesthetically pleasing, it’s pretty hard to overlook the message.

K.E.S. |

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Nice poster, shame about the message

spottynick |

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Rhodesia was super, in comparison.

A.N. |

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…with Nazi Germany maybe. Yes! Godwin’s law in four moves!

spottynick |

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In comparison with present day Zim. Ask a dweller of Bulawayo if he’d rather go on a weekend to Harare or the Salisbury of old.

A.N. |

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OK, I did what you asked. He says “Harare”. And he thought I was joking.

spottynick |

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60 years ago, AMERICA was a white supremacist nation. Nobody would suggest that America in 1950 should have been overturned, dismantled and replaced with a dictatorship. If Rhodesia had the chance, over time it would have become more progressive on the racial issues just as America did. But it never had the chance, because it was destroyed and then replaced with Zimbabwe which has been an unmitigated disaster. It’s not black majority rule over there, it’s just Robert Mugabe rule, and this is far worse than Rhodesia because at least Rhodesia was stable, prosperous and safe.

The majority of the people living in Rhodesia weren’t evil monsters, they were just normal people with families who wanted to live in peace. They couldn’t control where they were born. They don’t deserve to be displaced, robbed, raped, murdered, have their farms taken away, by Mugabe. Who will stand up for these people?

I would like to know whether K.E.S., Spottynick or A.N. ever lived in Rhodesia. If the answer is “no” how the heck can they pass judgement. Rhodesia was Super, the bread basket of Africa along with South Africa. I take it that you lot are happy with the situation over there now that there is no white rule. Get a life!

Franji |

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i always find these comments interesting seeing as they are always made by people who really should’nt comment and normally come from countries that have abysmal records themselves. why don’t you do something about the american indian or the australian aborigine, why don’t you get out of ireland?remember everywhere the british have been the country has been left in tatters in fact hitler most probably got the idea for concentration camps from the british concentration camps during the boer war. the fact is whether rhodesia was right or wrong mugabe was not the solution, can you imagine the outcry if white rhodesians did what he does?the one joy i get out of life these days is watching your countries being taken over by foreigners and seeing what is to come, your economy is already taking a bashing by allowing foreigners to work for meager wages and so ending up with a lot of unhappy youths on the dole who then become yobs as there is nothing else to do, your countries are going to end up poverty stricken and full of violence enjoy whilst you can

peter |

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Gosh, I see it all so clearly now… we’re doomed! Sorry peter, I don’t buy it.

spottynick |

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perhaps the old saying “people who live in glass house’s should’nt throw stones” will help you understand.
all rhodesians black and white knew that what had happened in rhodesia was wrong and were working towards a change but as usual it was’nt fast enough for our british lords who were trying to correct the wrongs of the queen and countryman cecil john rhodes and ignored the first real free elections in which a black man was elected to the satisfaction of the majority and preferred to listen to mugabe and no matter what you are aware of or not judging by your comments i cannot believe that you find the current situation acceptable or tenable

peter |

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cat got your tongue?
maybe you don’t want to buy it but take a close look at any country in the world today and there are problems with high unemployment and record high food costs and more and more rioting, your country, whichever it is, will not be immune to this and i promise you it will get worse.
take a close look at your own situation and it’s relation to what is going on around you in your country.
still feel so comfortable?

peter |

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I’d better “enjoy it whilst I can” then.

spottynick |

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enjoy

peter |

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Franji, why lash out at me?
I lived in Rhodesia, in the outskirts of Salisbury, in the early 70′s as I worked as an international salesman for medical equipment. Returning to present-day Harare was one of the major shocks of my life. I support emancipation, but the way it came to Zim was just brutal and it still is – brutal.

The change would’ve come, albeit gradually, just like in the rest of the civilized world, for after all, Rhodesia was a truly civilized nation, having the best livability for people of all skin colours in Africa of that time – if you look past the fact that the validity of ones adulthood was based on education and land ownership rather than sheer existence. Unfair, sure. But aristocratic, not racist.
The native peoples of the Zimbabwe were gradually becoming the most well educated coloured people on the continent – an improvement to the better for all, whites and blacks alike. The validity of the Rhodesian state was slowly approaching, in the same way the validity of other countries governments approached. Back then – you maybe couldn’t vote, but your voice made a difference.
Today, you may vote but your voice will only get you beaten or murdered by the Zanu.

A.N. |

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i was’nt lashing out at you i just made my comments after yours and directed them at the others and really was’nt lashing out at anyone.
it’s just that i get bored with all that is or is’nt fair, the fact is that the rest of the world forced an untenable situstion on the country and then walked away closing their eyes to the debacle they leave behind as they always do and as i said before it’s all coming their way and i’m enjoying watching the payback from a distance

peter |

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yikes

maya |

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a thought
what if………………..
mugabe was white

would the world still stand by and ignore the atrocities
ask the matabele’s?
seriously guys a wrong is a wrong and once the minority population realised this they tried to right the wrong even though they still tried to feather their nests but what has been going on is beyond terrible and even worse than the white regime under whom the majority still had jobs shelter and most important of all FOOD
for every one of the people that comment on a past that is definitely long past i’m sure the zimbabweans struggling to survive under a very corrupt government would appreciate it if your efforts would be re-directed into supporting them for a change instead of ignoring the situation
the world governments have no teeth intheir mouths

peter |

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Wow. I like this poster a lot. Love the colour palette. I’m glad to see some real character design and not these “one-eye-bigger-than-the-other-eye-monster-characters-inspired-by-pixel-whatever-design-with-CMYK-and-bitmap-typeface. A bit of Saul Bass there? Nice typography.

nice change of subject

peter |

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wow, some pretty ignorant comments here.

first off, just because robert mugabe is the devil (and lets face it, he is), does not mean that a colonial state was a-ok.

secondly, using the term ‘rhodesia’ in this poster could easily (and understandably) be construed as stating support for its previous colonial status. i think we can all agree that colonialism = bad. so why not call it by its name – zimbabwe? thats how people refer to it, right? or are we really getting misty eyed for the times of good ol’ cecil john rhodes? i hope not.

i think various political debate aside, the designer shows either a total lack of sense, or a supreme insensitivity.

other than that: pretty!

maya |

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I totally agree with peter’s comments. rhodesia wasn’t perfect but it would have progressed if given time. it was by far the most civilized nation in africa. now it’s the second-poorest nation in the world behind the Congo. everyone like to lump it in with apartheid south africa, which was a very brutal regime.

Maya: the phrase “Rhodesia was super” is from old Rhodesian tourism advertising (http://www.memoriesofrhodesia.com/auctions/auction_details.php?auction_id=4184 and http://www.memoriesofrhodesia.com/auctions/auction_details.php?auction_id=4272 for examples). If you click through to the site that the image above originates from (http://www.korerobooks.co.uk/art.html) you can see that it was created in support of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Welfare Trust, a charity designed to support Zimbabwean farmers, who have been treated harshly by Mugabe. Many of these farmers will remember the phrase, so replacing it with “Zimbabwe” would likely ring oddly in their ears.

If people are getting misty-eyed, it’s probably for a country that was stable and prosperous. The whole Rhodesia/Zimbabwe situation is far more complex that simply “colonialism”, and to simplify it is to do no one a favour.

Also, look up “Gukurahundi” sometime if you want to get a taste of just what Mugabe is like.

gruff |

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