Institutionalized by Paul Barcena

The meaning of conflict changes from person to person, place to place, language to language.  This year – this month, even – has highlighted our divisions, be they political, racial, religious, sexual, or generational. Big and small. System and fringes. Continuity and change. Similarities and differences.  Outsiders who want in on any system have to play the game, it seems. There is a language in each world; a way to do things, a way to see things. So where do outsiders fit in? There is a dialogue. There is also a tension. This project digs into the uneasy conflict of merging two worlds together.
The large photos were made at major art institutions in New York. They are black and white, structured, formal, big. The small color photos capture parts of the un-curated world outside. In some ways they clash, in some ways they align.

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