Artist Cristina Guggeri Paints World Leaders on the Toilet

Italian artist Cristina Guggeri depicted world leaders in the surrounding you haven’t seen them before.

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Cristina Guggeri proved that sometimes it’s easy to forget that heads of state are people too. Even the most important people on earth visit the bathroom, no matter what they do and how they act the rest of the time.

A digitally edited series from Italian artist Cristina Guggeri showed to everyone the world’s most powerful politicians and religious leaders taking a free moment to perform what she jokingly calls “The Daily Duty,” which also happens to be the name of the series (“Il Dovere Quotidiano”).

“Although the images could be construed as disrespectful to these intelligent, driven people, look at it this way: Guggeri’s taking the time to remind us all that even those who’re famous need to spend undignified time on the toilet,” writes Elite Daily.

When the title is stripped away, we’re all just humans. Last year illustrator Amit Shimoni transformed world leaders into modern day trendsetters in Hipstory. Shimoni’s vision of dignitaries such as John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Ghandi gave 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 subject’s hairstyles remain constant. Who knew JFK’s windswept wave would be in style 50 years later, or that Ghandi’s baldness would be a current fashion statement for both male and female? A few inside jokes include Kennedy rockin’ a Marilyn tee and a tropical patterned baseball 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. Mahatma Gandhi, meanwhile, wears a tie-dye top and Sixties-style shades to reflect his peaceful politics,” the publication added.

The illustrator later explained that 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. 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. 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.”

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