Replica Vietnamese Communist propaganda posters.
(c. 1999). Two posters, one featuring an armed young man beneath the Vietnamese flag watching an American fighter plane crash, and the other depicting Ho Chi Minh amidst the flags for North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. Though reproductions, these posters mark a shift in post-war Vietnam, in which propaganda art has taken on commercial value. Essentially knock-offs, being stenciled images, they capitalize on the surge of Western tourists fascinated by “the other,” and the resulting ethno-tourism formed at the confluence of neoliberalism and revisionist history. Their imagery—the destroyed American aircraft, the nationalist flags, and the references to the 1954 victory at Dien Bien Phu and to the anthem of provisional government of South Vietnam, “Giai Phon Mien Nam” (“Liberate the South”)—play directly into Westerners who viewed communist Vietnam as an exotic destination. Some edgewear, else fine overall. Each poster measures 20 3/4 by 31 in. Item #29159