Entry Title: "60's World Leaders"
Media saturated iconography lodges itself firmly in popular consciuosness. This series forms part of my ongoing photographic work which seeks to challenge this status quo, to shake us up from our often uncrtitical and un,
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Media saturated iconography lodges itself firmly in popular consciuosness. This series forms part of my ongoing photographic work which seeks to challenge this status quo, to shake us up from our often uncrtitical and unquestioning acceptance of these images with visually disruptive revisionist representations.
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As an impressionable young adult growing up in the generational vanguard of globilisation, I was visually assailed by many such media images, from JFK, to Elvis, Comic book heros and so on.
I am compelled by the image of the human face and its pervasive presence and depening effect on us. The recent obsessive phenomenon of the selfie expresses our relentless need to inturn objectify ourselves through an image to be consumed by others online in carefully curated representations of our lives.
Recognising and mapping people and the world through visual memory is intrinsic to our survival. Images and representations of the human face are imprinted on our brains just as powerfully as if we had seen that face in the flesh. Popular iconography appears to trigger the emotional connection that comes with recognition.
For this series I sourced the official issue government portraits of Mao, Nixon and JFK as my starting point and submerged them in water floating above artists models dressed as those world leaders. I then photographed them with the distortions created by the movement of water rendering them both recognisable, but sufficiently altered to allow the viewer to re-experience them.
The photograph is either held or floats above the body, the shoulders dont quite align. And yet despite knowing this to be a constructed image we still strongly relate to the identity. while being challenged by this disruption.