COMMODITY FETISHISM

LIKE A SPIRIT MEDIUM EVOKING VOICES FROM A CELEBRATED PAST, ARTIST KATERINA JEBB EMPLOYS DIGITAL SCANNERS TO DOCUMENT TREASURED WORKS FROM HER OWN COLLECTION AND FROM THE ARCHIVES OF FASHION’S MOST STORIED HOUSES.

ALL WORKS_ KATERINA JEBB

COMMODITY FETISHISM

Katerina Jebb’s haunting, uncanny photographs are created not with a camera but with digital scanners and photocopy machines. Often stitched together and presented life-size, the results appear less photographic than painterly or sculptural. The work captures the viewer’s attention and holds it. 

Jebb’s work is equally at home in the worlds of art and fashion, and can be found both on YouTube and in the permanent collection of the Louvre. In recent years the Paris-based artist has turned her attention to documenting objects, capturing them in a way that not only speaks to the viewer but shares something about their owners. For Display Copy, Jebb has selected iconic, personal, unique or otherwise remarkable items from the archives and collections of fashion’s storied houses, letting each piece tell its own story—to a captive audience. 

LADIES TIGHTS_ CHRISTIAN DIOR_ COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST

INSIDE OF A DRESS_ COURTESY OF PALAIS GALLIERA

IMPERMEABLE CASHMERE COAT_ HERMÈS

BODYSUIT_ AZZEDINE ALAÏA_ 1990_ COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST

FAUVE ALLIGATOR BIRKIN_ HERMÈS_ COURTESY OF HERMÈS

CLOCHETTE AND LOCK_ HERMÈS_ COLLECTION OF TIMOTHY LIM

WALLIS SIMPSON’S RED VELVET SHOES_ CHRISTIAN DIOR-DELMAN_ COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN DIOR

LAUREN BACALL’S LOCKS AND KEYS_ LOUIS VUITTON_ COURTESY OF LOUIS VUITTON

TABI BOOTS_ MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA_ COLLECTION OF TIMOTHY LIM

BLOND MEDIUM TIGHTS_ COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST

TOP CONSTRUCTED FROM BANDAGE_ MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA_ COLLECTION TIMOTHY LIM

UNTITLED_ GELATIN SILVER PRINT_ LOUIS VUITTON_ COURTESY OF LOUIS VUITTON

CLOCHETTE AND LOCK_ HERMÈS_ COLLECTION OF TIMOTHY LIM

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