Idyls
Idyls

Idylls, 2008-2009 A box full of slides which I stumbled upon at a house clearance turned out to be a portray of the self image of a middle class family in the early 1960s. A family at a time of new wealth- enjoying a day out, a fair or a seaside holiday, in peace and harmony. Taking a closer look at the pictures in the context of this cultural era, it becomes apparent that they precisely represent the mainstream ideology of the 1960s: just escaped the perils of the Nazi regime, the reconstruction of the country completed, society was able to enjoy the benefits of an economic boom. A clear notion of right and wrong had developed. Devout, hard working, prudish and strait-laced, forever prim and proper. I was equally fascinated and disgusted by the sheer amount of uptightness, which caused me to search for an element which would contradict the moral values of this era and therefore reinterpret scenes of homely bliss. Then I found: Myself! Naked!

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