Just an Illusion # 349

“Dollar$tore” Kitsch and Sublimation of Banal  by Benoit Paillé and Daniel Delisle


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If, according to Guy Debord, the carnival-like spectacle that characterises the second half of the 20th century “is not a set of images, but a social relation among people, mediated through images” (The Society of the Spectacle, 1967), never more than today (and less than tomorrow) social relationships between producers of cheap goods and Western consumers would have been so severely unbalanced.
While gigatons of disposable objects, devoid of any practical or even aesthetic value, are exposed in one dollar stores – equally available to the derision of the rich and the use of the poor – it is no longer possible to ignore the indecent conditions linked to the production of these objects by Asian mega-factories. Recent history is full of tragic examples of plants where these worthless objects are made and whose retail cost per unit has absolutely nothing in common with the value of the lives regularly lost in the manufacturing chain.
I applied myself to magnify to the extreme the aesthetic potential of these $1 plastic trinkets, rendering them aggressively kitsch, in order to show the absurdity of their existence, with the hope – perhaps illusory – of generating a reflection, or even to transform consumers’ attitudes about them, and also to act in a practical way to transform the working conditions of the makers of these very vulgar objects.
In this perspective, I extend my practice centered around the sublimation of the banal, already begun in other series (Alternative and experimental landscape, Stranger Project, On the beach, Undernight, etc…). Within Dollarstore however, the object acquires a new and crucial importance. I approach the subject in a quasi-sculptural way, manipulating and transforming it physically before taking a picture.  It was a occasion for me to experiment with still-life and object in photography for the first time. Like a scientis, this is the result of my reseach.


Sources: ( DollarStore ) lanciatrendvisions.com ) 

2 Responses to “Just an Illusion # 349”
  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Reblogged this on The Artistic Spider's Web and commented:
    “Dollar$tore” Kitsch and Sublimation of Banal – by Benoit Paillé and Daniel Delisle


  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    That is an interesting concept and I like the author’s explanation. 🙂


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