looking for input
I would love some feedback on this. I am working on turning this series into a body of work that I can show along side my dangerous jewelry. Last night I showed them to my friends Marina & David, she is the chief curator at the art museum here and he is an expert on modern art. Everything they said made sense to me, and has turned some of my latest ideas for display upside-down. They don't think I should show the pictures at all, and they think the rings should be displayed together, like this, rather than individually. Their feeling is that with the photos the pieces are "just silhouettes pulled from photos", and without them they interact with one other and become something more.
I keep hearing Mary Lu's words in my head, "I think the photos degrade the victims more, each time they are seen." She's right, and I've been feeling more and more guilty about that. (Thanks Mary Lu, seriously!)
I consider these images iconic, and Marina & David recognized them all immediately. But it's clear from comments that not everyone is familiar with them, and I have always been turned off by inaccessible work. M & D say that the title "American Terror" is enough, but I will probably add some info to the wall text that explains further. I'm not sure about titles yet.
I like the idea that when we view the "dangerous pieces" (spike ring, etc), it may make us giggle. But then seeing these and going back to the dangerous ones really changes things, and hopefully makes us question our humanity. That's my hope, anyhow. I'm considering "Worn" as a title for the show, but maybe it doesn't fit, and I imagine it's been done.
What are your thoughts?