Hey - thanks for the comments. Kozik has hit the nail on the head. It was my attempt at a Southern gothic type feel - pretty unsuccessfully if these comments are anything to go by.
The bands are rock/psychobilly bands - this was an unplugged evening where things were slowed down to a more country type pace - the hanging man seemed appropriate to the lyrical fare on offer.
It never even crossed my mind that this could be interpreted as a lynching! As far as I know lynching was never practised in South Africa, though as Art points out we do have a few other choice methods.
Art - have you received the parcel yet?
This poster was submitted sideways. The man is actually lying down. You mistook the horizon line as a rope. The dark area on the right is obviously the root structure of a tree and a large long-forgotten white beach ball buried about ten feet under the ground.
hm...seems to me that this is supposed to be a lonely suicide at night...the 'moon' and tree seems to give it a gothic feel....
doesnt say 'lynching' as usually in a good old fashion lynching there would be a sign on the guy or at least a crowd of tobacco chewers or whatever.
also..the font is trying to be 'southern gothic'...t me this is an attempt at a 'morbid Nick-Cabe-esque' sort of deal.
-my 2 krugerrands
besides, 'lynching' was a practice of (famously) the southern u.s. when i think of racial murder in south africa, i think "south african necktie" and a few other horrid things. was lynching a south african 'activity'?
if you look at the 'haircut' of the dead guy, he's got long wavy hair, so it can't be a 'blackman'.
besides, if you didn't know this band has connection to a country that recently underwent racial strife (still does), does it still have racist implications?
methinks you are reading waaaaay too much into this. all i see is a hung man. there is nothing that refers to racism in any way.