Analysis Of Ernesto Pujol 's ' The Eyes ' Boots On A Faux Victorian Shelf '

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Ernesto Pujol’s journal discusses his art exhibition called Whiteness, where it revolves around the culture of whiteness and the thought process of being a white subject. The exhibition opened at the Foire Internationale d 'art moderne et contemporain in Paris in September 1999, and at Linda Kirkland Gallery in New York in October. It features an interesting assortment of objects combined together like Nazi porcelain dishes and bronzed, enameled, American baby boys ' boots on a faux Victorian shelf, wherein Pujol creates a series of photographs focusing on the notion of taste and purity (Pujol, 100). Pujol is attempting to make the viewer see whiteness from a more subjective perspective, where whiteness is an internal construct of a profound ethnic experience (98). Whiteness is an art project that Pujol describes as a lifetime of thoughts about whiteness and how it influences our perceptions of innocence and preference (100). Ernesto Pujol explains his thought process when developing this series, and gives his own interpretation of American whiteness. He mentions that American whiteness is generic, where he notices that middle-class white kids are appropriating music, slang, mannerism, food and fashion from the cultural identities of African, Latino, and Asian Americans, in order to form their own cultural identity (98). Pujol considers this to be an act with good intentions, but see this as contemporary colonialism (98). He goes on to say that white people need to make whiteness hyphenated because white people come in many-shaded colour and their origins are completely diverse (98). Consequently, whiteness can’t remain invisible in this new world and to continue to be a white person without seeking his or her own European c... ... middle of paper ... ... of colors has a duty to make it evident to the public. The conclusions discovered in this essay have now come to fruition, where the research question of whether art can challenge whiteness in its own spaces can be confirmed through the ideas and examples presented above. The claims from the authors about exhibitions and ideas show that art can actually challenge whiteness in its own space due to the fact that artists are taking responsibility for the traditional art canon that represses diversity and making whiteness a visible component in the issues that plague art and art history today. In short, whiteness in art and art spaces can be confronted and acknowledged because of the artists who sense a duty to reconstruct the narrative towards an inclusive, limitless canon that embraces the viewpoint of those whose culture is constantly sidelined and forgotten.

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