Small World

Small World

This work is created in collaboration with Dr. Sabrina Habib.  Small World  is theoretically grounded in the work of Jean Baudrillard.  In his book Simulacra and Simulation (1981) he argued that through production and reproduction, images reflect a profound reality, and then masks said reality until any relation to reality is completely lost and becomes its own simulacrum.  This is a system where cultural products resemble reality to reflect consumers whose lives are largely artificial, therefore references of reality are expected to be presented in artificial, “hyperreal” terms.

The images captured in this series demonstrate the progression of spaces that were created as a simulation of countries and cultures, and evolved into their own simulacrum through reproduction.  The image of Orlando, FL has the words “Made in China” added to represent where the physical fabrication of the simulation largely took place.  Image location was Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center.