The series, which the Italian Minelli began in 2009, is a subtler riff on themes the aggressive, politically influenced artist has been working on since he began creating public artworks in the ’90s. “I’m really into the aesthetics and the meaning of political processes,” he has said
, and “using the aesthetics of politics to talk about existential issues.”
Some of Minelli’s best-known works have used the language of digital media to draw attention to technology’s various hypocrisies. In 2007’s CLR+ALT+DELETE Minelli painted the eponymous keyboard combination for “force quit” onto the Qalandiya Checkpoint at the Israeli-Palestinian border. For another project, the ongoing Contradictions (2007– ), the street artist stencils the large, blocky names of well-known social media services (Twitter, Myspace) in economically unstable at times politically tumultuous parts of the world (among them, China, Mali, and Italy).