piątek, 17 stycznia 2014

Interview: Alison Jackson, the Artist Behind the Fake Photo of Kanye and North West, Talks the Cult of Celebrity

Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince George / Image via Alison Jackson
Alison Jackson's staged photographs of celebrity lookalikes are so real that they've caused media scandals. Her seductive images of private moments between stars have been mistaken for real paparazzi shots...and maybe that's the point. But there's more.

Exploring "the cult of celebrity" as she calls it, Jackson's work mimics trashy tabloid spreads to question why we are so obsessed with people who we have no hope of ever knowing. From Kate Middleton to Kanye West, Jackson explores our relationship with private celebrity images. Like pornography, they seem illicit something we're not supposed to be viewing, but this feeling of trespassing makes it impossible to look away.
When we posted Jackson's image of fake Kanye West with baby North last week, the photo received a ton of attention (both positive and negative) online. It's these impassioned reactions that Jackson hopes to incite with her art. We spoke to Jackson about working with lookalikes, the influence of Andy Warhol, and the rise of selfies. She also told us that she's looking for a Miley Cyrus lookalike, especially one that knows how to twerk.

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