black and/or white

United Kingdom

Size: 54.7 H x 56.3 W x 2.8 in

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Art Description

Collage: Paper on Cardboard.

3D portrait collage created using printed-paper recycled from magazine, catalogues, leaflet etc. Paper is manipulated, transformed, selected, cut and folded into small or large concertinas that result in big pixels with a squared base. These big pixels are placed within a rigid grid and glued onto a cardboard base. The image obtained, is readable or highly distorted, depending on our point of view.

This is the first piece from a new body of work entitled "black and/or white", that wants to explore the general concept of "boundaries" and its twin concept, “borders”.

This is a very complex and wide topic that, in recent years, has come to play a key role and that is the theme of the 8th edition of the Cartasia biennial of paper art 2016 "BORDERS & PERSPECTIVES"

It has been associated with research social and collective identity, cultural membership, racial and ethnic group positioning, hegemonic masculinity, group rights, immigration to mention only some of the most visible examples.

To analyze how this topic affects on our self-identity, on others' individuality and on group identity (such as national, cultural and social identity, identity of race and gender etc), is the aim of these new works.

In particular “black and/or white” wants to explore the concept of racial identity, and the boundaries still existing in our society between the human beings.
The categories we use now—i.e., “black,” “white,” “Asian”— are very common in our daily lives. We all see the world through a racial lens that colours our world.
It is well-known that race is a social construct and has no biological basis whatsoever. Grouping disparate populations by skin pigmentation is as arbitrary as grouping people by height. Nevertheless, because race is a social reality, it is often treated as “real”. Dismantling racial discrimination, means dismantling the concept of race itself.

Two pieces (139x71.5 cm each) ready to hang. No framing required.

Keywords: Paper, Portrait, Racial, Boundaries, Yellow, Black And White , Pop Art, Celebrity, Collage, Geometric, Identity, Mosaic

Subjects: People

Styles: Pop Art, Portraiture, Street Art

Mediums: Paper

Materials: Cardboard

Prints: People Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Street Art Art Prints, Paper Art Prints, Cardboard Art Prints

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