FINAL CARACAS IMAGES via iPOD & HIPSTAMATIC

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FEB13. Caracas, Venezuela.

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MATURIN: POLITICS FOLLOW YOU IN VENEZUELA

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Arriving to Maturin and taking pictures out of the car window, you can see the political slogans from last year’s campaigns stencilled all over the place. Capriles Rodonski was Chavez’s challenger in the presidential election. Now that he hasn’t won, people go around ‘blacking out’ the murals to show support for Chavez. Rodonski is currently the governor of Miranda in Caracas, but his people are watching the state of Chavez’s health very closely.

10JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.

CARACAS: POLITIKS THRU STENCILS

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“…the organized front for the good life with Chavez…”
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“…we are with you, president chavez…win!”

ImageImageImageImageOk, what I’ve gathered is that Carmona is the man who led the coup against Chavez in 2002 and he was granted asylum in Bogota, Colombia. Conrado is a Colombian who is imprisoned in Venezuela right now and Chavez is refusing to hand him over or even really to let people know what’s going on with him, why he was captured, etc…

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CARACAS: A WALK AMONGST THE CLOUDS IN ALTAMIRA

ImageImageImageImageAs the news is focused on the presidential inauguration and Chavez’s inability to return from Cuba in time, news reporters are stationed around the city doing up-to-the minute reports.

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Chavez’s eyes are always watching.

8JAN13. Caracas, Venezuela.

CARACAS: NEAR EL BOSQUE/LUIS BRION PLAZA

This was the first walk I was taken on as I tried to get my wits about me in the area I’d be staying in for the first week.

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This type of “No Guns” sign is practically everywhere here in Caracas. At first, I laughed, and thought, “Wow.” Then, I thought, “Wait. The U.S. is actually at this stage now where we need these signs posted in public places.” Sadly, enough.
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“Why do only the poor go to prison?”
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I thought this was a really cool building.
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“It’s the time to save the world.”
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“The actions speak so loudly that no words are heard.”
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Slogan for Chavez’s opponent, Capriles Rodonski, who famously points his forefinger to the sky when he’s with a crowd of supporters. Miranda is the ‘county’ that he governs.

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CHAVEZ BETA

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This image was a part of the Presidential campaign last year. Their goal was to ‘relate to the youth,’ by depicting Chavez as a Hip-Hop type o’ guy. Regardless of one’s political slants, most agree it was a brilliant campaign (“Chavez Beta”) to entice the youth.

4JAN13. Caracas, Venezuela. Instagram with Lo-Fi Aspect.

POLITIKS IN CARACAS: CAMPAIGN SLOGANS & PROPAGANDA

campaign slogans

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Chavez as Buddha, their god, their savior (propaganda)

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history as a reminder

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5JAN13. Caracas, Venezuela. Instagram with Lo-Fi Aspect.