100 x 185cm
Archival Print in Perspex Face-Mount on Aluminium Dibond panel
Signed by the artist. Certificate and matching holograms
Edition of 7 (sold out) plus 3 Artist Proofs (of which 2 sold)
‘The concept for Branded World originated during the early infancy of my daughter. Observing her play and make associations with toys or products made for children fascinated me. She very quickly seemed to favour Lego and would prefer it over other imitations. She appeared to respond to the brand identity and form an allegiance to it at an age before a more complex understanding of preferences had developed.
‘This phenomenon was intriguing because there seemed to be a direct link to the passport map series of works I create to explore and illuminate, among other ideas, concepts of national identity both past and present. This work places my daughter’s Lego figures to the fore, digitally manipulated, in part to populate a passport emblazoned representative from every country on Earth. Applying passport covers expresses a form of Birth-Branding, which in recent years has become a commodity similar to purchasing a famous toy brand.
‘This may be viewed as contentious or playing with national stereotypes but the question being asked though the work is different for each individual viewer, because each viewer was a child and carries within them an innate understanding of how they formed their own version of a branded national identity.’
– Yanko Tihov August 2018
Branded Skulls (image pending) in the exhibition – Yanko’s latest piece ‘Branded Skulls’ depicts alphabetically positioned countries of the world with skulls ‘dressed up’ in passport covers.
This artwork raises questions about ‘branded identity’ and ‘nationality by birth’ by representing all nations with their world passports contrasted with a symbolic common base – the human skull.
This piece is part of Yanko’s newest series ‘Branded World’ which is inspired by his long standing interests in identity, belonging and social commentary.