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¥€$U$ (JESUS).

Photographs by Pawel Jaszczuk.
Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2019. In English. 112 pp., color illustrations, 8¼x10¾".



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Shortlisted for the Rencontres d'Arles 2019 Book Awards

Edition of 1000 copies

Having returned to his home of Poland after a decade living abroad, Pawel Jaszczuk was surprised at the ubiquity of religious objects in everyday contexts. Jesus had become a pop culture icon: holy Christian images appeared on underwear, as chocolate, as floating bathtub accessories, earrings, lamp-stands, tattoos, sex toys and other mass-produced objects. Capitalism’s relentless usurping of anything and everything does not make exceptions for sacred imagery.

Jaszczuk’s photobook ¥€$U$ then, aims to document and criticize the excesses of this development, of the grotesque marriage between holy symbols and the money-making drive, and asks: is religion’s way of staying up-to-date?

“Jesus and ¥€$U$. What is the difference here? The simple answer is: everything. Nowadays, Jesus is more a symbolic religious figure than he is a real person. From a cultural point of view he might be considered as a metaphorical figure – the personification of all virtues, the master figure. ¥ € $ U $ is an aberration of a religious order.”

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Limited Edition of 25 copies bound in black boards, with a signed and numbered color print (image approximately 6×9 inches).

 


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