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Culture Fair


artist | Aseel AlYaqoub

2015

Mixed media

11 × 13 x 20 cm / 4.3 × 5.1 x 7.9 in

Stained stud wood, 3x magnifying glass dome, ten 3-layer collages dissected from and onto Kuwaiti postage stamps (circa 1960-1991).

Propaganda on postage stamps is of a more subdued and discreet nature than that exhibited by other media and it has ... Read more
Stained stud wood, 3x magnifying glass dome, ten 3-layer collages dissected from and onto Kuwaiti postage stamps (circa 1960-1991).

Propaganda on postage stamps is of a more subdued and discreet nature than that exhibited by other media and it has been given surprisingly little attention. Yet the fact that postage stamp is widely circulated and that it does not have an obvious message enhances its peculiar effectiveness. The stamp itself is ideal propaganda. It goes from hand to hand and town to town; it reaches the farthest corners and provinces of a country and even the farthest countries of the world. It is a symbol of the nation from which the stamp is mailed, a vivid expression of that country's culture and civilization and of its ideas and ideas.

In 'Culture Fair' I collected and hunted for postage stamps in the peak of Kuwait's modernity era. I dissected and reassembled the layers, destroying the national artifact and image with my own narrative. I then redisplayed them as museum or cultural artifacts usually found in culture or world fairs. The magnifying domes expands the collages turning them into meaningful objects. Read less
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