“First World Problems” | Summer 2011 | selenographie
I made these screenprints for school as a snide reaction to, well, listening to my more financially well-off classmates complain about daily middle- and upper-class hassles while I worked three jobs and took a full courseload and ate beans’n’rice, heh. These were made before I had seen this quote about the problematic aspects of the phrase/concept of “first world problems.” However, in critique the project actually sparked a pretty intense & eye-opening discussion wherein my classmates admitted they often don’t think about class privilege and how while their problems are still relevant to their own lives, many people locally and worldwide have to contend with much more difficult situations (like struggling to provide basic human needs). So that was pretty cool because I thought I was just being a sarcastic jerk but actually I had made a thought-provoking art (!?).
In any case, for the assignment I had to make 100 prints and I didn’t want the project to just end with a 15-minute discussion and a stack of paper to take home and gather dust, so I planned on selling these for donations which would be forwarded to a decent charity — I was thinking Doctors Without Borders, unless there is some important fault against them that I am missing because I have yet to find anything via Google (??). I had sent the prints to a local vintage/art/craft consignment shop to be sold but actually they ended up sitting in a friend’s house and I just now got them back…
So y’know, PayPal donations to cicada_drone at yahoo dot com if you’d like one. They’re 11x14 ink on posterboard. The typeface is from woodblocks individually-scanned & enlarged.
Also would be interested in other charity recommendations/critiques if applicable because I do not have a lot of experience with non-profit orgs.