PRINT March 2003

’80s AGAIN

Gabriel Orozco

I’m not interested in the discussion of identity formulated in the ’80s. I’m not interested in postmodernism at all. I’m not interested in those strategies of appropriation. In terms of photography, the dramatization of the self and fetishization of the body? I’m not interested. The use of advertising? I’m not interested. I’ve always thought that this spectacularization of politics was imposed on the viewer—they screamed at us! The ’80s mentality was too conservative, too expressionistic, too self-indulgent, too baroque. I was more concerned with things in the street, in everyday life, in reality. So I was very much an outsider.

As told to Margaret Sundell