The 50 Most Political Art Pieces of the Past 15 Years

37. Bhopal Disaster Dow Chemical Hoax by The Yes Men, 2004

In 1984, the world's worst industrial disaster occurred when a leak at the Dow-owned Union Carbide pesticide plant exposed more than half a million people to dangerous chemicals. Between 3,000 and 10,000 people died because of the incident. The Yes Men, the name of culture jamming group founded by Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos, with a nebula of other actors and supporters, have long sought to bring attention to corruption, cover-up, and scandal through a process they describe as "Identity correction." Others would just call this imposture or fraud. That's what happened in December of 2004, on the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster, when Andy Bichlbaum appeared on the BBC, posing as a Dow Chemical executive. He told his interviewer that Dow planned to liquidate the Union Carbide plant and use the $12 billion in profit to compensate victims of the disaster.

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