The research field is creative practice that makes social commentary remaking and re-categorising a familiar image.
‘Save the Kidz’ draws attention to the workings of the media but it neither endorses nor denounces Jackson. Research indicated that Jackson’s reputation had transformed from the King of Pop to a child abuser and possibly paedophile. Reworked images of Jackson as a boy (‘Ben’ 1972), over-printed with the ‘Save the Kidz’ slogan was intended to trigger a range of associations when seen in a public gallery, including the sense of Jackson’s own lost innocence. The piece was made so that it would have high visual impact across two rows of nine images, printed in black and white with the slogan in red. Points of visual reference include Warhol’s celebrity series and, in a different register, the posters of Lech Walensa’s Solidarność workers movement.
The work was exhibited in Très Riches Heures, comprising three group exhibitions (London, Brussels and Breda) curated by the researcher, 2006. The other exhibitors were Boris Beaucarnem, Ian Breakwell, Damien De Lepeleire, Lucy Harrison, Paul Hendrikse, Conor Kelly and Erhan Maheo.
The research took the fifteenth century book of hours Très Riches Heures, painted by the Limbourg brothers for Jean, Duc de Berry, as a point of departure. It depicts the life of Parisian aristocracy and the peasantry coexisting but leading very different existences. This both keyed the theme of ‘Save the Kidz’ and the rationale for the exhibition.
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Communication|
Colleges > London College of Communication
|Date:||27 January 2006|
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|Material/Media:||monoprints on paper|
|Measurements or Duration of item:||100 x 150 cm each.|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||04 Dec 2009 13:34|
|Last Modified:||02 Jun 2014 11:54|