There has been a flurry of articles regarding the controversial anti-Trump artwork on the cover of Der Spiegel, drawn by Cuban-born artist Edel Rodríguez. The illustration, says the press, “perhaps sums up the pulse of many in Germany, depicting the new US president carrying a knife in one hand and holding the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty, the ultimate symbol of freedom, in the other.”
Diario de Cuba writes: Edel Rodríguez was born in Havana in 1971; in 1980 he emigrated with his family from Cuba to Miami during the Mariel exodus. The designer graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1994 and a program at Hunter College in 1998. He has exhibited at international exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Toronto, and Madrid. Rodríguez’s paintings and graphic art are regularly published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and on the covers of TIME, Newsweek and other important publications.
The Washington Post reports: Edel Rodriguez came to the United States from Cuba as a political refugee in 1980. Like many immigrants, he was angered by President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world. “I was 9 years old when I came here, so I remember it well, and I remember the feelings and how little kids feel when they are leaving their country,” Rodriguez said. “I remember all that, and so it bothers me a lot that little children are being kept from coming to this country.”
Unlike most immigrants, however, Rodriguez channeled his anger into a piece of art that is now on the cover of one of the world’s leading magazines.
The German news magazine Der Spiegel on Friday unveiled its latest issue, bearing Rodriguez’s striking work. In the illustration, Trump wields a bloody knife with which he has beheaded the Statue of Liberty. His orange face is featureless, except for a hollering mouth. Two words appear beside him: America First.
“It’s a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” Rodriguez said, noting that the Statue of Liberty represents the United States’ history of welcoming immigrants. “And clearly, lately, what’s associated with beheadings is ISIS, so there’s a comparison” between the Islamic State and Trump. “Both sides are extremists, so I’m just making a comparison between them.” [. . .]
For the original article from The Washington Post, see https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/03/trump-beheads-the-statue-of-liberty-in-striking-magazine-cover-illustration/?utm_term=.50f549bec25c
For original article in Spanish, see http://www.diariodecuba.com/cuba/1486250685_28690.html
For other articles in English, see http://www.dw.com/en/der-spiegel-magazine-sparks-furor-as-cover-depicts-trump-beheading-lady-liberty/a-37412499 , http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4190450/Twitter-abuzz-Der-Spiegel-publishes-shock-Trump-cover.html, and http://creativity-online.com/work/der-spiegel-trump-der-spiegel-cover/50819