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Julia Scher: Brandon and Jodi, 1996-97

Julia Scher: Brandon and Jodi, 1996-97

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C-Print on Fujiflex
36 x 30 cm (unframed)
48,2 x 54,2 x 3,5 cm (framed)
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof
(JS 053)


The photograph is part of a series shot between the end of 1996 and early 1997, while Julia Scher was researching what would become her large-scale multimedia environment Wonderland, 1998. Each photograph depicts a child wearing Scher’s signature pink guard cap and customized uniform with embroidered patches reading ‘Security by Julia’. The children, carrying batons and other technical equipment which relate to surveillance and supposed security, playfully embody the authority invested in security guards and police officers.

Seven children posed for this photo-shooting session: Lena, Grace, Andy, Andre, Brandon, Jodi and Zoë. Three of the photographs—featuring Lena, Andy and Brandon—were later included in the Wonderland installation, as large Duratrans prints. Additional shots have now become individual framed prints, expressing the theatrical atmosphere of the photo-shooting.

Emerging in the mid 1980s as precise but playful analyst of social and technological changes, Julia Scher has been dealing with video surveillance for more than 30 years. Her work addresses surveillance both as a concrete phenomenon of control, including its apparatus and architecture, as well as its impact on private and public sphere. Very early on, her performance and video installations drew attention to the effects of increasingly ubiquitous cameras and monitors, anticipating our surveillance alienated society.

The work is framed.

Please note that this edition is only available for pick-up at our gallery in Berlin. In case of any questions, please contact bookstore@estherschipper.com.
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