October 18 - November 20, 2014
Joel Parés: Judging America
Joel Parés is a U.S. Marine-turned-photographer who’s created a series titled Judging America that illustrates the prejudices we often have against people who are different from ourselves. As the old saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and that’s what you’re liable to when you first see these stylized photographs.
Each image is broken up into the two parts – a stereotype of a particular societal group versus who the character actually is. The tattooed, gun-toting gangster turns out to be a Harvard graduate, a decorated stripper is a buttoned-up widowed mother of three kids, and more. You get the picture here – Parés is demonstrating that talented, incredible people come in all different packages.
“Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge even if we try not to.”
Photographer: Lucia Giacani
Make-up: Elena Pivetta
Hair stylist: Ana Rodriguez
Manicurist: Rossella Galvani
Model: Kristina Sheiter
Ai Weiwei: Blossom, 2014
(installation detail, Alcatraz Hospital); photo: Jan Stürmann
part of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
In this work, Ai Weiwei quietly transforms the utilitarian fixtures in several Hospital ward cells and medical offices into delicate porcelain bouquets. The artist has designed intricately detailed encrustations of ceramic flowers to fill the sinks, toilets, and tubs that were once used by hospitalized prisoners.
Like With Wind in the New Industries Building, Blossom draws on and alters natural imagery as well as traditional Chinese arts. Rather than referring to national iconography, however, the flowers here carry other associations. The work could be seen as symbolically offering comfort to the imprisoned, as one would send a bouquet to a hospitalized patient. The profusion of flowers rendered in a cool and brittle material could also be an ironic reference to China’s famous Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956, a brief period of government tolerance for free expression that was immediately followed by a severe crackdown against dissent.
- Angels with Dirty Faces (beginning), 2014
15,000 spray-painted plastic flowers on pearl tinted aluminium with resin coating
- Angels with Dirty Faces (middle), 2014
8,000 spray-painted soldiers on aluminium tinted aluminium with resin coating
- Angels with Dirty Faces (end), 2014
10,000 spray-painted candles on aluminium with resin coating
- The Rest is Silence, 2014
2,809 handmade badges depicting popular culture, set on aluminium
Sept 20, 2014 – Nov 08, 2014