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Rogelio López Cuenca, ES

Posters at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam

The Spanish artist Rogelio López Cuenca manipulated the format of traditional tourism advertisements to depict “boat people,” refugees fleeing by boat, creating a critical statement about the unequal impact of globalization and the “biennialisation” of contemporary art. These posters were exhibited in an iconic place dealing with maritime history, Rotterdam’s Maritime Museum.