Cristina Guggeri proved that sometimes itâs easy to forget that heads of state are people too.Â Even the most important people on earth visit the bathroom, no matter what they do and howÂ they act the rest of the time.
A digitally edited series from Italian artist Cristina GuggeriÂ showed to everyoneÂ the worldâs most powerful politicians and religious leaders taking a free moment to perform what she jokingly calls âThe Daily Duty,â which also happens to be the name of the series (âIl Dovere Quotidianoâ).
“Although the images could be construed as disrespectful to these intelligent, driven people, look at it this way: Guggeriâs taking the time to remind us all that even those whoâre famous need to spend undignified time on the toilet,” writes Elite Daily.
When the title is stripped away, weâre all just humans.Â Last year illustrator Amit Shimoni transformed world leadersÂ into modern day trendsetters in Hipstory.Â Shimoniâs visionÂ of dignitaries such as John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Ghandi gaveÂ new meaning to nose-rings and Ray Bans.
“His lighthearted link to the past, just another reminder of our voracious appetite for turning the old, cool again. Even in jest, his subjectâs hairstyles remain constant. Who knew JFKâs windswept wave would be in style 50 years later, or that Ghandiâs baldness would be a current fashion statement for both male and female? A few inside jokes include Kennedy rockinâ a Marilyn tee and a tropical patterned baseballÂ jacket on Nelson Mandela,” writes Beautiful Decay.
“Great war leader and Nobel Prize-winner Winston Churchill is given a sartorial sailor look, with a Breton-striped T-shirt with a plunging neckline, braces, pork pie hat and cigarette behind one ear,” described the pictures The Daily Mail. “Even if the leader depicted has died, the pictures in Hipstory aim to include elements that echo something about its subject.”
“John F Kennedy dons a nose ring, chains and a T-shirt bearing, what appears to be, a black and white image of Marilyn Monroe.Â Mahatma Gandhi, meanwhile, wears a tie-dye top and Sixties-style shades to reflect his peaceful politics,” the publication added.
The illustrator later explained thatÂ with his new set of unlikely artworks he hoped to ‘encourage us to reflect upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves’.
“I often find myself thinking about the differences between these world’s greatest leaders, their beliefs and motivations, and our self-centered generation,” Shimoni said.
“The Y Generation is constantly looking at fashion and style as their way of self-expression while steering away from the big ideologies.Â Hipstory wishes to reimagine the great leaders of modern history and place them in a different time and culture – ours.”
“It was not easy to illustrate all these leaders; it took me a few months to complete the project, but the effort was worth it.Â It is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect: upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves.”
He went on, adding: “Hipstory wishes not to criticise, but to shed new light on the way we think of ourselves and the figures who inspire us.”