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DICTATOR BANKNOTES | Toby Mott | December 2020


Dictator Banknotes
Toby Mott

Published by Cultural Traffic December 2020
Exclusive first edition of 50, signed by the author.

Silkscreen cover, 200mm x 270mm, 44pp 

Dictator Banknotes, a new publication by Toby Mott. A curation of Mott’s fascination with the darkness of power, absolute power in particular. The publication 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 publication: 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