Iris van der Zee


Kim Kardashian Crying

Statue menhirs are the tangible proof that people in the early days of civilization had an urge for their own representation. There is much uncertainty about what their precise function is. They could be war monuments or resemble fertility, but the chance that they're just an image of a beautiful woman is also very likely. A sculpture, preserved so well for such a long time is very precious within the history of our civilization. But is it righteous to count these stones to our intellectual and cultural heritage, while we might be looking at an image of the hottest girl in town?

For most millennials "Kim Kardashian Crying” will make them think of the meme with the same title. This meme, no matter how basic, belongs to the collective memory of my generation. Giving an anthropomorphic papermache shape the same title, enables me to make a modern menhir out of the crying Kim Kardashian. By placing this object next to two context-stripped images of menhirs, I shift 4000 years of history to the background to initiate a comparison between the two.

Why do we value the one as culture and the other as entertainment? And if we find modern entertainment so basic, is it right that we see a sculpture without a clear representation as intellectual, just because it has been around for 4000 years?