Suu Kyi gets the Shepard Fairey treatment

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The Independent Culture

The American street artist Shepard Fairey, whose Hope poster of Barack Obama proved one of the most enduring images of the 2008 US presidential election, has completed a similarly styled poster to mark the launch of a film about Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The poster is based on a similar work of Ms Suu Kyi, but has changed to more closely resemble the actress Michelle Yeoh, who will play the politician in the film, The Lady, directed by Luc Besson.

"Any project that tells Aung San Suu Kyi's story and sheds light on Burma, I'm psyched to support," said Mr Fairey in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Ms Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest in November shortly after Burma's first election in 20 years.