captionthis (2019 – )
On the shifting relationship between Image and Word today. The title takes its cue from online vernacular saying and forum tag “captionthis” where weird and witty images are deemed untaggable or “beyond words”. Classic tropes and clichés of photography (the car, cats & dogs, women, sunsets, celebrities and clickbaits..) become unresolved rebus: memes missing their textual part or illustrations of unspeakable ideas. There are no hierarchies in terms of image quality or resolution (all images are printed the same size 100x80cm in white frames or lightboxes), between the fascination of stock photography and the common use of images, and in the contexts where the images are repurposed (via photography, graphic design, installations, artist books, off and online interventions). In the time of ubiquitous photography and disappering writing, “captionthis” is a portrait of the conflicting hybridization of iconotexts today.

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