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May 25, 2012 / petrastridfeldt

Picture day 25

Picture from WANT project by Petra Stridfeldt

Today’s photograph is from my project WANT

Want represents society as a collective identity, one shaped by our roles as consumers. Balanced against a backdrop of environmental concerns, these images comment on how, in a consumer society, we can easily become defined by our possessions. In their manufacture, these possessions draw on the planet’s finite resources.

Influenced by Surrealism and Dadaist absurdity, these comically monstrous portraits violate reason, adopting the conventions of clinical objectivity whilst being diametrically opposite in their intention and effect. It is easy to see them as grotesque, but aren’t we all depicted here?

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