i-D photographer Barbara Anastacio attended New York’s Armory Show art fair last weekend. Here she presents her very particular point of view, finding art away from the art and frames away from the frames.
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In my opinion, the most interesting thing about art shows like The Armory is the people. The people who line up for hours to instagram this hyped event
as a testimony of their presence; the people who go there to buy another
piece of status economy; the people who go in search of networking opportunities; or the people who go there in hope of inspiration. With more than 60,000 visitors, the spectacle of seeing and being seen takes on a meaning of its own – almost becoming a non-orchestrated performance piece that constantly infuses the work with new meanings. Just as the Mona Lisa became famous overnight after its scandalous theft in Paris 1911, the social apparatus of the Armory show (and its embodied experience) re-frame the art works well beyond the artist’s intention.
Text and Photography: Barbara Anastacio