Julien Gremaud, from the series ‘Thatcher is Dead’, 2014
"Gremaud’s photography project ‘Thatcher is Dead’ alludes to the fact that there is a flipside to the expansion of credit, unyielding consumption and the hyperbolic rise in asset prices. While on one hand markets are exuberant, on the other hand, this economic system can only be propped up by the depletion of natural resources and the exploitation of labour. The trickle-down effect meanwhile is exposed as a myth: what is occurring instead is a tremendous transfer of wealth from the poor and the middle class to the rich. It is a system that simply cannot survive in its current form. To that extent the neoliberal project displays anthropophagic, or cannibalistic tendencies to destroy itself. The dichotomies addressed in Gremaud’s double images precisely signify the chaos, paradoxes, injustices and inequality caused by such a plutocratic economic system. Gremaud’s double images represent a world that is not freed or liberated by the markets, but rather is subservient to its destructive forces." - Marco Bohr
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