You may remember the Che exhibit at the V & A Museum in London that we wrote about a few weeks ago. Here’s the original post with a follow up with responses from the curator here. (The comments in the latter link are a must read.)
Academic Elephant had a chance to visit the V & A Museum, specifically the Che exhibit and has an excellent editorial posted that is today’s absolute must read. I dont think I’ve read a better break down of the reality of Korda’s che image:
I might argue that the lack of defining substance behind Korda’s image–its literal disintegration from its original–has been the root of its appeal for a generation that isn’t too concerned with heroes who are worthy of imitation as they seem more attracted by those who are imitated. And imitated Che has been. Since he stood for nothing, it has been easy for his image to stand for anything.
I urge you all to take a few minutes today and read Academic Elephant’s “Go-go Che at the V and A.” You will not find a better deconstruction of the che guevara myth anywhere.