ROYAL SWAG, 2019
Royal Swag, 2019
Digital pigment print on 100% cotton fine art paper, semi gloss finish
Limited Edition of 5
67.5 x 45 in
171.45 x 114.3 cm
27 x 18 in
68.58 x 45.72 cm
Royal Swag is a staged African wall art 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 humor as a rhetorical trick to gain the viewer’s attention and trust, as opposed to being confrontational or didactic.
Frame not included
Certificate of authenticity provided
Edition of 5 numbered from 1/5 to 5/5 + 1 AP
Signed and numbered on the back. Archival pigment print on pure cotton fine art paper. Once those 5 prints have sold, that limited edition will no longer be available to purchase. The rarity of a limited edition print raises its value and, therefore, its price.
(B. 1983) Jean Malek is an award-winning director and photographer. His work is influenced by box office and indie movies, fashion, and fine art photography, often blurring the boundaries between fields and genres. Rooted in storytelling, Malek’s approach is driven by irreverence, subversiveness, and eclectic cultural references. His evocative staged photographs often push the limits of good taste to create arresting images that comment on social, political, and economic issues. Malek often pulls from the world of cinema, imagining compelling characters that hint at a larger narrative in a single shot. His work is always quintessentially contemporary and larger-than-life.
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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.