Posted: 09.25.13/10:14

Sara Cwynar: Kitsch Encyclopedia Kickstarter

For three years, YG9 Sara Cwynar has been crafting a compendium of original and appropriated images and text into the Kitsch Encyclopedia.

“Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project that brings together writings by Milan Kundera, Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard, as well as my own writing to formulate a relationship of kitsch to images. Kundera considers kitsch to be a categorizing phenomenon: a means through which complex human experience is distilled to simple, sentimental motifs. All three writers discuss a similar circumstance of the contemporary image world: the way that our culture of images, especially in the age of the internet, provides an Idealized, kitsch-based image world that exists on top of the real world and in many ways has subsumed it.”

Kitsch Encyclopedia currently exists only in one hand-bound copy, but Sara hopes to change this through a partnership with Blonde Art Books. Pledge your support to the project’s Kickstarter to get one of the first copies of the book as well as lots of other great rewards.

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