Hand-printed colour photograph by Viktoria Binschtok
Photographer Viktoria Binschtok turns her camera lens towards our common public and commercial space. She observes quotidian, collective behavioural patterns that go unnoticed most of the time. This photograph is from Victoria Binschtok’s iconic work -LVNY- (2004), a series of 11 photographs shot on the streets of New York, capturing a small part of the hundreds of women who carry Louis Vuitton handbags. Shot in the passing, the photographs don’t concern themselves with the women’s identity. As singular photographs they would not seem to be more than coincidental snapshots, yet by producing a series of photographs, Binschtok points to the city’s accumulation of replicas of the once uniquely expensive brand Vuitton. She humorously raises questions around class, authenticity, and contemporary desires by which we fetishize both the original and copy. The ubiquitous brown LV monogram print, whether featured on a genuine article or a counterfeit, transcends the different demographics, races, and fashions of the people carrying them. Courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection
Limited Edition Print
Limited Edition Photographic print of 20
Sizes: 35 x 46 cm, unframed
About the Artist
Viktoria Binschtok is a conceptual photographer who often blurs the lines between found photography, documentation, restaging, and original compositions. For her series World of Details, Binschtok found Google Street Views of New York City and then traveled to those places to photograph the reality in detail. Her Cluster series also relies on the internet for inspiration. To create these photographs the artist inserts one of her original images into a search engine to find similiar images that the algorithm associates with it. Then she restages and manipulates these found.
images, exhibiting the results together with the initial pciture in order to call into question authorship and originality.
She has had solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Göttingen, C/O Berlin, KLEMM’S in Berlin, and AMERIKA in Berlin. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Centre Pompidou-Metz, Museum Folkwang Essen, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Bergen Kunsthall, Kunstverein Bregenz, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen.
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