State of Utopia Playing Cards
These playing cards pay homage to the artwork of Communist era propaganda and the Utopian vision it portrays.
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These playing cards pay homage to the artwork of Communist era propaganda and the Utopian vision it portrays. While the artwork is inspiring, it also serves as a warning about Utopian dreams of a perfect society.
Communist era artwork on the whole were a tool for indoctrination and control. Typically Communist era art portrayed images that were romantic and heroic; that exuded strength and honour and fierce pride. It is that compelling and heroic style of art that this deck draws on, but it does so without celebrating the ideology that underpins it. Utopian visions of a perfect society are responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. Communist Utopian plans for modernisation and universal egalitarianism claimed tens of millions of lives in China and the Soviet Union. And in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, lives of one quarter of the population were lost while they attempted to realise their Utopian dream.
From the Soviet Union at its peak in history, journeying to the stars; to its dramatic demise. To Cuba, and then the Cold War flashpoint of East Germany and most significantly, the birth of The Peoples Republic of China. Communism has evolved from Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin’s original principles, but only after great suffering and upheaval by humanity.
- Themed on Communist 20th century propaganda
- Designed by artist Shira Bentley from Sydney, Australia
- Custom cards, tuck case inner printing and seal sticker
- 310gsm premium German linen stock
- Tuck case custom seal sticker on all decks
- Free Stickers on 2+ deck pledges
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|90 × 65 × 18 mm