Berlin-based 032c has updated its store with two new t-shirts featuring the work of Columbian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez, both of which are a commentary on the surreal nature of fame, especially as scene through a European lens.
The t-shirts feature Rihanna and Miss Columbia both of whom are shown with their heads removed and their facial features transposed onto their chests.
According to 032c, “Based on Sir Walter Raleigh’s first ‘scientific’ depictions of indigenous Caribbeans, Peláez’s images of contemporary fame-monsters from the region look at colonial otherness as a power source.”
Raleigh was an English explorer who traveled to South America in 1594 and according to Wikipedia, published an exaggerated account of his experiences in a book that contributed to the legend of “El Dorado.”
The t-shirts are being sold on 032c and are also included in an installation running from September 1-14, 2017 at Stockholm-based boutique and label Eytys. Titled “Peroxide,” the installation includes additional merchandise plus art work by Peláez.
Both t-shirts (which have already sold out in some sizes) are available at store.032c.com.