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Líneas rojas 2016

Published June 16, 2024 Updated June 25, 2024

Semicaricatural images of Spanish politicians by Jordi Minguell, combined with non-standard suits.

2016 Spain Heraclio Fournier Jordi Minguell Caricatures Political Add to Collection

As explained on the title card, this pack was created at a unique moment in Spanish history. A general election was called for 26 June 2016 following the failure to form a stable governing coalition the year before. It was a moment for decisive choices to be made, in other words a point of no return. This gave the pack its title, “Lineas rojas” (literally “Red lines” in English).

Each suit represents one of the four main political parties fighting the election: Partido Popular (People’s Party), led by Mariano Rajoy; Partido Socialista (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party), led by Pedro Sánchez; Podemos, led by Pablo Iglesias; Ciudadanos (Citizens), led by Albert Rivera. The symbol for each party is used as the suit-sign, while each party leader appears on one of the kings (12s). The 10s are all female politicians. Jordi Minguell’s treatment of these and the other political figures shown is in a semicaricatural style reminiscent of Spitting Image puppets. As the suits are all non-standard and do not equate to the traditional Spanish ones, there are no ‘pintas’ or line breaks.

'Líneas rojas 2016' political playing cards made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2016 'Líneas rojas 2016' political playing cards made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2016 'Líneas rojas 2016' political playing cards made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2016

Above: 'Líneas rojas 2016' political playing cards made by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Legutiano, Spain, 2016. 40 cards + 1 extra card (with text in Spanish) in clear plastic box. Size: 62 x 95 mm.

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