Something that’s never happened before, but then we are living in times when lots of things that haven’t happen before are indeed happening. Time magazine, one of America’s most iconic publications (and for once we can justify the use of the word iconic) have change their name to “Vote” and published an issue with a rather powerful Shepard Fairey Cover
Shepard Fairey is of course the artist who created that Barack Obama “Hope” poster in 2008, this is his third cover for the magazine, it features a woman wearing a bandana (or a mask if you like) that says “Vote!” underneath a ballot-turned-loudspeaker. “Even though the subject in the portrait knows there are additional challenges to democracy during a pandemic, she is determined to use her voice and power by voting,” Fairey wrote in an Instagram post.
“To mark this historic moment, arguably as consequential a decision as any of us has ever made at the ballot box, we have for the first time in our nearly 100-year history replaced our logo on the cover of our U.S. edition with the imperative for all of us to exercise the right to vote,” said Time editor in chief Edward Felsenthal in a letter to readers. The issue includes a special report on the closing days of the 2020 election campaigns and a guide on how to vote safely. Fairey’s previous covers for the Time were a portrait of Obama as 2008 Person of the Year and a depiction of an Occupy Wall Street Protester in 2011.
“The future is not shaped by voting alone, but voting is crucial to make a healthy, functional democracy,” Fairey said on social media. “In my opinion, those who claim to believe in democracy and ask for the honor to represent the people should be looking for ways to make voting easier, not more difficult. I’d like to see the implementation of an election holiday as well as secure electronic voting options,” the artist continued. “Until then, mail in your ballot or mask-up and head to the polls… the future of our democracy is in your hands!”