Against Powerwork in progress
Against Power consists of a series of 'units', each examining a different icon or iconography of power, and attempting to hijack their meaning and neutralize their impact.
Every 'unit' is different in method, subject and tone. A unit can be a series of photos, a video, an installation, a typographic artwork, a sound piece or any other media necessary. The aim is to confront the actors who impact and influence our society.
In 1959, the psychologists John R. P. French and Bertram Raven defined what they called "The Five Bases of Power" (expanded to six in 1965). Power can be based on legitimacy, reward, expertise, reference, coercion or information. An important part of their researh is that a person 'A' doesn't just have power over person 'B' in an absolute way. Power is relative. It is taken by person 'A', but also given by person 'B'.
Power, as a relative force between two actors, can therefore be rejected.
Refusing to recognize power is already a step towards destroying it.
[unit 0] A Vulgar Display of Power [unit 1] Stars, Clouds & Other Atmospheric Events [unit 2] Amateur Photography from Abbottabad
Future units will cover the fascination of dictators for popstars, historical political insults, nuclear vacations, zoology of missiles & other improbable power projection stories.