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School/Hospitals/Prisons is a series of three photo/text grids focusing on School, Hospital and Prison theme rooms for S/M role-play. The project continues Jafri’s longstanding interest in role-play as it intersects with the broader economic and social currents of our time and extends it, for the first time, to questions of architecture and site. In some of the images the human figure is noticeably absent whereas others actively feature the human figure or its stand-in – mannequins, costumes, props. Short text panels written by Jafri accompany the photos and supply odd facts and surprising connections between the sites. The photos are all sourced the dungeons themselves and evince a deadpan, vernacular touch. At first glance what seems to unite the sites is that they are all representations of something else – architectural simulacra – but in fact they are all sites for labor as much as desire, they are used as much as imaged, produced as much as imagined, with real effects economically, physically, psychologically.

Special note: School/Hospitals/Prisons is a subset of a broader photo/text work called Global Slum, with nine grids in total. School/Hospitals/Prisons comprises the first three grids.

 

 

 School/Hospitals/Prisons (2012), 3 Grids (each grid has 8 photographs + 1 text),
Each grid approximately 110 x 80 cm / 43 x 31.5 inches

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