Shepard Fairey explains new poster for Aung San Suu Kyi movie


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Shepard Fairey has created a poster for the new movie ‘The Lady,’ a biopic based on the life of the Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. The film, which is directed by Luc Besson and stars Michelle Yeoh, was shot under a veil of secrecy due to the sensitive nature of its subject.

The new poster by Fairey, which was reported Monday in Deadline, is based on the street artist’s previous poster of Aung, but instead uses Yeoh’s likeness. The artist sent Culture Monster a statement Tuesday via his representative:


‘The film makers asked me to do the movie poster based on my original Aung San Suu Kyi poster, but the illustration is of Michelle Yeoh, the actress who plays [her]. Any project that tells Aung San Suu Kyi’s story and sheds light on Burma, I’m psyched to support. The small clips of the film I’ve seen look amazing.’

Keep reading to see Fairey’s poster for ‘The Lady’...

Fairey’s original Aung poster was shown at his 2010 solo show at Deitch Projects in New York and has become widely disseminated throughout the world. Besson’s ‘The Lady’ is expected to open in France in November, but no U.S. release date has been announced. (You can watch a teaser for the film here.) Aung won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Last year, the Myanmar dictatorship released her from house arrest after many years in detention.

Here is Fairey’s movie poster, which features Yeoh in character as Aung...

And here is the artist’s original poster of Aung...


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Photo (top): Aung San Suu Kyi leaves Myanmar International Convention Center earlier this month. Credit: Khin Maung Win / Associated Press


Photo (middle): Fairey’s poster for the movie ‘The Lady.’ Credit: LT-LA Lisa Taback Consulting

Photo (bottom): Fairey’s portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: Shepard Fairey