AES is a group made up of four Russian born artists: Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky, and Vladimir Fridkes. The artists collaborate on projects with the intent of creating graphical images that send a strong message to the audience. This poster that they created is titled “New Liberty.” The graphic was made in 2006 and is the cover image of project ‘AES: Witnesses to the Future. Islamic Project’ that began in 1996.
The project describes the paranoia that is entrenched in Western society that Islamic culture is taking over Western civilization. There is a fear propagated by the media and among citizens of Western societies that their home countries will lose their unique cultures by increasing Islamization. This fear resulted from the recent influx of Muslim refugees to European and other Western nations. Many worry that if their numbers will continue to grow, their culture will become more prevalent that those of the countries they are immigrating towards.
This poster sends a powerful message that the Statue of Liberty is no longer representing freedom like it once did and that Islamic values represent the new face of liberty.
More of their work can be seen here: http://aesf.art