I honestly don’t know which sections to include this entry, because it sobstvenno about documentaries, and about lifestyle and consumer habits, and about works of art — those tapestries, which happened in the end Grayson Perry after all social research. In General, I decided that it will simply be in category Lifestyle, uncategorized.

So it turns out that lately I pay more attention to British life. And modern life, and retrospectively. First, a lot of research, popular sociology, and other sources. Secondly, I must say that on some matters, England still remains something a benchmark for the world. And sufficiently it concerns consumer culture and culture in General. Tellingly, it was in England pay great attention to the class nature and this phenomenon has been described in detail. If you haven’t seen my past reading on the topic (with book reviews and citations) — then here is a small list:
— English house: an intimate history
— Clothing and style as the main social markers
— Watching the English
— Review of the book “Women of Victorian England”
— Orphan-the aristocrat: why do we have them will not be long.
— Clothing as a social marker

And now more about Grayson Perry. His cycle consists of three passes. Each of them devoted a separate class strata: working class, middle class and aristocratic class. As a result of his getting used to the environment and observations Grayson makes a specific tapestry, which tries as much detail as possible and accurately reflect symbolic elements of life and style of a particular class. The main idea is that there are small differences that give the soil class identification. With the same income, people from different classes are completely different from consumers. Because taste habits are stronger than them. However, the possibility of social upheaval is still there. (“social Elevator” is presented by Jamie Oliver”) But the upper class still remains a closed caste, as this caste was not eager to get new members.

A total of six tapestries, which depicted the story of a life: a young man named Tim, who was born in a working class family, was able to break out of the upper middle class, and trying to get used to the aristocrats, but it is not accepted by them.

I must say, the tapestries in combination with films are a great example of how we need to consider contemporary art: how it is created and what can be it has meanings that can be considered, sometimes only in the presence of a certain “key”.

Tapestry 1.
Little Tim on the lap of his mother. This is a woman in a bright mini-dress and with blue eye shadow on the eyelids. His mother is dressed rather provocatively, she was going to the party with her friends (dressed not better). Indispensable attribute of the moms in this class — a mobile phone that does not let go even during communication with children. A bright and slightly kitsch-looking building, red bull on the table adjacent to the pack of cigarettes and the TV remote. Men in the foreground are reminiscent of the painting “Adoration of the shepherds” (Montana) only our hero they brought specific gifts: a miner’s lamp and a t-shirt of the team of Sunderland.

Tapestry 2.
Father Tim with a neck tattoo, sings karaoke at the club. (about the tattoos, there is a separate point: it is also an art and in fact the representative of the working class, spends on art more money — as a percentage — than the people of the upper classes). Background — a Tower crane, in which he looks “crucified”. Tim’s mother stands in front of husband on his knees and admires him, from what Tim is not in itself and in General he is ashamed of this scene. The case is still going on in Sunderland — miner-the port city. Where the guys tuning their cars indefinitely, bulging ego, and remains proud of its mining tradition.

A matter of taste: the tastes of the working class

Tapestry 3.
Here we see that the social jump from class to class: our hero is a University student, is going to make an Alliance with a girl from the middle class. The tapestry is called “Exiled from Paradise” — of working class lovers going into the society of the middle class. And although Tim’s parents already rich and trying to leave her son in their own cultural environment, but is trying to dissociate itself from its past cultural values (they symbolize headphones, sunglasses, laptop and iPhone) and break through to a higher social level where it is ready to accept in one way or another.

Tapestry 4.
Social promotion, Tim is accompanied (and is partly a result of) the growth of its material prosperity. It is a different world: where the value of organic products, the fathers take care of children, and on the wall is the family portrait — icons of the middle class — Steve jobs and bill gates. This is the world of people who most want to emphasize their individuality. And most often Express it in style.

A matter of taste: flavors of the middle class

Tapestry 5.
Our hero with his wife bought the mansion in an aristocratic neighborhood. The old aristocracy represents a wounded deer in the tweed. Between the horns is seen the sun — that tells us about the last days of this social group. And his body torn apart by the dog of modernity. But no matter how bad nor was the position of this “deer” — he is still not going to get closer to our heroes.

Tapestry 6.
Our hero gets in a car accident. His second wife, the glamorous blonde and Ferrari. In fact, it turns out, when he reached the top he still implicitly professes the values of their class, it just wears a different uniform. Among the things that spilled out of the car we see Hello magazine where on the cover of Tim and his wife. But the publicity and the celebrity can not save our hero from what he’s dying in the street in the hands of strangers.

A matter of taste: flavors of the highest class

Unfortunately the format of my blog does not allow you to insert images of tapestries full size, but the network is full of works by Grayson Perry, so you can find these tapestries and enjoy the detail.

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