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Jihadi John

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Darth Maul

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Darth Vader

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Magne-
to

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Sauron

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Freddy Krueger

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Leather Face

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Jason Voorhees

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The Joker

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Bane

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Hanni-
bal

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Gordon Gekko

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Mr Smith

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Jack Torrance

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Volde-
mort

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Termi-
nator

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Venom

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Alien

Life
Imitates
Art

Life Imitates Art

On the 13th of september 2014 a video surfaced on the web of what seems to be the execution of British aid worker David Haines as a result of a kidnapping that had taken place in early 2013 by Islamic State. After the release of the video a growing group of people started doubting the actual legitimacy of the video, with enough reason to. Either way a lot of people were in fact frightened by the video in question, this in fact must have something to do with the visual aesthetic IS uses to bring across their message, real or unreal. But what does this say about the current role of popular culture? This project is focusing on asking the right questions rather than giving the right answers, encouraging a debate in search for the truth and find out if IS could just be the embodiment of ”Life imitating Art”.

Victim

My name is . I would like to declare that I hold you, , entirely responsible for my execution.You entered voluntarily into a coalition with against , just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst our British prime ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans. Unfortunately, it is we the British public that in the end will pay for the price for our parliament's selfish decisions.

This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State. Ironically, he has spent a decade of his life serving under the brutal air force that is responsible for delivering those arms Your evil alliance with America, which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam, will only accelerate your destruction, and playing the role of the obedient lapdog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.

Executioner puts knife to Haines’ throat. Video goes on to show the executioner standing over another man on his knees, dressed in orange. He is identified in the video as British man Alan Henning.



If you, Cameron, insist on fighting then you, like your master, , will have the blood of your people on your hands.

Cool

The
turns

Executioner puts knife to ’ throat. Video goes on to show the executioner standing over another man on his knees, dressed in orange. He is identified in the video as British man Alan Henning.