DICTATOR BANKNOTES | Toby Mott | December 2020, a new publication by Cultural Traffic. A curation of Mott’s fascination with the darkness of power, absolute power in particular. DICTATOR BANKNOTES | Toby Mott | December 2020 is designed as an album and contains 16 real dictator banknotes with text for each dictator alongside anecdotes of their barbarity and/or humorous notes on their colourful lives.
Mott's presentation of these dictators opens a dialogue regarding identification with these flawed individuals and their bygone humanity.
Dictators featured in the DICTATOR BANKNOTES | Toby Mott | December 2020: Sultan of Brunei, Chairman Mao, Papa Doc, Suharto, Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi, Genghis Khan, Samora Machel, Kim Il-Sung, King Fahd, Bashar al-Assad, Niyazov, Idi Amin, Tito.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…" John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, 13th Marquess of Groppoli.
Designed by Sam Boxer
Assistants: Emmanuel O’Brien, Kurt Hamblin, Katherine Easthill
Risograph inner on Munken Pure 170gsm
Silkscreen cover on GF Smith Colorplan Bright Red 135gsm
Typeset in Work Sans and Bureau Grotesk
W200mm x H270mm. 44pp
Silkscreen cover, 200mm x 270mm, 44pp