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11 July 2014

Daile Kaplan, Pop Photographica: Images & Objects

My collection of decorative and utilitarian 3-dimensional objects enhanced with photographic images reflects photography’s shifting identity, one that has long encompassed vernacular and fine art expressions, a convergence of high and low cultures. A range of 20th-century commercial and fine art articles are examined alongside 19th-century artisanal and amateur works, amplifying photographic expression to illustrate how popular sensibilities have trickled up to influence fine art praxis (rather than the other way around). The term I coined to describe articles enhanced with photographic images is ‘pop photographica’. This new genre features the full spectrum of everyday artifacts by anonymous and celebrated practitioners. While photographic discourse is dominated by contemporary practices, the convergences between photography and other art forms have yet to be fully addressed. Pop Photographica reformulates our idea of photography at a critical cultural and historical juncture, and offers new insights regarding the dynamic role pictures have played.

Daile Kaplan

Curator of the exhibition : Daile Kaplan.

Exhibition venue: Bureau DesLices, Rencontres d’Arles 2014.