“Stop Superheroes” on the Lower East Side

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

Walking the northern stretch of Ludlow Street recently, you may have come across this comical wanted poster for the Man of Steel himself. Apparently Superman was recently arrested for “flying without a license,” and escaped from his Kryptonite prison cell earlier this month. The superhero turned crook. So keep your eyes peeled.

In all seriousness, though, this wanted poster is just one of five such versions to be unveiled around the Lower East Side. It’s not a publicity stunt for any new movies. Dubbed Stop Superheroes, the group is actually engaging in a street discourse conceived by Skye Greenfield (herself a comic book character?) to touch upon the age-old perceptions of good versus evil.

Here’s more from the creator, Skye:

These wanted posters are an extension of my senior thesis project. I was a photo major at SVA so when say “thesis” I mean a bunch of cohesive photographs, not a really long essay.

The work itself is meant to deal with societal preconceptions of what is good and evil. We like to think that people innately know what is right and wrong but when you look back through history and at different societies the line between the two isn’t always so clear. Even in today’s world so many people are doing so many horrible things that we see as terrible but they see as right.

In a world where professional athletes cheat and a man’s career can be all but ruined because of a blow job why wouldn’t Wonder Woman be a slut and Superman a juice head? Plus, it’s funny.

When I graduated in May I felt like I wasn’t done. As these photographs and narratives are a reflection of the world, turning this project into a public, interactive discussion felt like the next logical step.

Skye asks that you submit all poster sightings to the email provided.

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