Kristy Cavaretta enjoys exploring the minutiae of domestic life through a variety of media.

The call for Ransom coincided with the deluge of back to school photos on social media this September. While thinking about the call and the work that I like to explore – the clothes we dress ourselves in, banal physical objects we touch as a part of our routine before we leave the house in the morning, piles of laundry – I couldn't help but be drawn to the fact that teens and preteens are wearing totally tattered jeans again. On the first day of school one post even told me specifically that they were purchased at Abercrombie & Fitch, for $88. Of course I have a pair myself! But for some reason seeing them on an 11 year old really seemed to highlight the saturation of the trend.

I paused to think about how many times in my adult life machine torn and shredded denim had come back around and the first time I remember reading an article about the Hipster trend closer to the turn of the century while living in Los Angeles. Though torn denim has been a nod to anti-establishment since the Vietnam and Punk eras of decades past the latest “Hipster” wave was an effort to be ironic yet authentic. Suburban young adults were moving into big city burbs like Venice Beach, Silverlake, and of course Brooklyn and in an effort to avoid the mainstream they found fashion in thrift stores, vintage shops, and inspiration from the rural working class. The trucker hat, cans of PBR, vinyl and polaroid cameras, and thread bare denim have been icons of this movement and moved into the mainstream now for well more than a decade.

With this in mind I want to explore the actual authentic articles side by side with their consumer counterpart. I want to share the stories behind the actual articles next to the price tags of the manufactured to see if you can feel the weight of the difference, or the leap between the two, perhaps it’s not much of a leap at all on the surface? How does it feel to wear the look of years of manual labor and blue collar work as a fashion statement when your profession doesn’t allow you to leave your computer screen for more than a bathroom break?




exploring the edges of appropriation
10.20.18 - 12.13.18

Authorcait giunta