We don’t know who this is. We don’t know who the subject of this stencil is nor do we know the artist responsible for this work. But we like it. When we look at the person rendered in this image, we feel like we’re look at some late Soviet-era East German spy hanging out in a Prague cafe waiting to meet his “secret” Czech contact. But this is the year 2005, so such a character would have shed the Cold-war look ages ago. Now he’d be clad with brand name logos — a pair of Nike sneakers on his feet, an Izod Lacoste shirt on his back, and Diesel jeans on his legs. Go consumer culture, go!

Ivan Corsa Photo