• BARBERSHOP, 2019 - Please Don't Tell

Jean Malek


Regular price $1,800.00
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Barbershop is a photographic piece from the Greetings from America story by the artist Jean Malek. 

Inspired by the ‘80s classic Coming to America, Malek satirizes the American Dream, rendering its ideological shortcomings palpable, in a series of works that depict a fictional African prince in the capitalist landscape of a Western metropolis. The images raise questions about meritocracy, privilege, and immigration, while contemplating American racial tensions as a class war as much as one based on ethnicity. The works are steeped in irony and references to pop culture, making them uncannily familiar and digestible despite their serious subject matter. In this way, Malek uses humour as a rhetorical trick to gain the viewer’s attention and trust, as opposed to being confrontational or didactic. 

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Check the full Greetings from America story to learn more.


Limited edition 67 x 45 inches (170 x 114,3 cm)

Open Edition 24 x 16 inches (60.96 x 40.64 cm)

Limited Edition

Edition of 5 numbered from 1/5 to 5/5 + 1 AP

Signed and numbered on the back. Archival pigment printed on pure cotton fine art paper. Once those 5 prints have sold, that limited edition will no longer be available to purchase. Rarity of a limited edition print raises its value and, therefore, its price.

Open Edition

Not signed or numbered. Printed using archival paper and inks.


Frame not included
Certificate of authenticity provided

Printed on demand, please allow up to 10 days of production time before shipping.
Delivered rolled, let rest for a few days to allow the paper to regain its original shape.