UN Europe’s MDG campaign images – political or stereotypical?

UN Europe’s WeCanEndPoverty campaign was a competition for images to promote awareness of the Millennium Development Goals.

Stefán Einarsson, from Reykjavík, Iceland won the competition with this poster “We are still waiting”, calls on world leaders to live up to their promises of ending poverty by 2015.

Twenty-nine other works were also chosen as finalists, and Einarsson had another two posters amongst those. Each deployed the stereotypical child and disturbing ways, indicating the continuing power of this iconography.

Unsurprisingly, the manipulated image of President Obama as the stereotypical child has become controversial.

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