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Dan Hayon : Tribute to Paula Rego

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This “Tribute to Paula Rego” series was born out of long-standing frustration: I never understood why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked phone. All the images in this series are made from authentic bad photos. It is important to take bad photos. It’s the bad guys that have to do with what I’ve never done before. Authenticity is priceless; originality is non-existent. And since each of these images is a secret about a secret, the more they tell you, the less you know. Me included. When people look at these pictures, I want them to feel what they are doing when they want to read a verse from a poem twice. Their real subject is myself facing the world. Humor and laughter – not necessarily derogatory mockery – are my favorite tools. It can come from my general philosophy never to take the world too seriously – for fear of dying of boredom. Because for me, participating in the decadence of today’s man is an entertaining task and the only one...

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