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On Codes, Symbols and Stockholm Syndrome is a painting project inspired by the events I have lived through in the year 2011, from revolution to its kidnapping and hijacking. The project’s title evolved from my particular interest in the work of Jean Baudrillard * who, in his seminal research of cultural specificities, wrote about “simulation” and “simulacra”. We can look at those terms, simplistically, as the “fake and the authentic” in cultures. In what he addresses as the third order he beautifully describes how societies identify themselves by codes and symbols. Baudrillard argues that in a world where the original is always preceded by the sign, where the simulated copy has superseded the original, reality becomes a meaningless concept. Taking this thesis as my starting point, this project explores notions of what is fake and what is authentic in a contemporary culture loaded with codes and symbols of faith, ideology, wealth, subjugation and the quest for power.

Baudrillard, Jean, “For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign”. Telos Press Ltd. 1980. 
Baudrillard, Jean, “Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism”). Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1995.
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