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Unformatted text preview: Pic tu re 1 Lauryn Soorani FA 150: Visual Culture and Literacy Instructor: Kenny Berger 02/12/09 Describe the object: In the fall of 2006, graffiti artist Banksy held an art show in the Los Angeles area. The most prevalent and controversial piece of the show was an installation featuring a live Indian elephant, standing in a makeshift living room, surrounded by various pieces of furniture such as couches, lamps, and tables, as well as various other pieces of Banksy’s work. The elephant was painted red with a gold floral pattern matching that of the living room walls with the intention of making it seem as if it were something that belonged as part of the room and thus could be ignored without a second thought. Contextualize: The installation acted as a play on the idiom “there’s an elephant in the room,” meaning that something very obvious is going intentionally unaddressed or being ignored. The theme of the show was that of global poverty, thus one may easily assume that the purpose of the instillation was to make a statement about world wide poverty and...
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- Spring '07
- Poverty, Malnutrition, Banksy, Graffiti, live Indian elephant