Rachel Barnett, Viva Avant Garde
Viva Avant Garde
Barnett, Good Time
Good Time
Barnett, Love Rose
Love Rose
Barnett, Macho Man
Macho Man
Barnett, Alien
Barnett, Van Gogh Fleurs
Van Gogh Fleurs
Barnett, Turn Off Your TV
Turn Off Your TV
Barnett, Freedom Taken
Freedom Taken
Barnett, Family
Barnett, Parade
Barnett, I'm Muslim
I’m Muslim
Barnett, Child
Barnett, Boring Clothes
Boring Clothes
Barnett, Budweiser
Barnett, Dont Be A Dick
Don’t Be A Dick
Barnett, I Am Love
I Am Love
Barnett, Sell The House
Sell The House
Barnett, Money Skate
Money Skate
Barnett, Poor Ugly Happy
Poor Ugly Happy
Barnett, Means No
Means No
Barnett, Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns
Susan Barnett, Stop Violence
Stop Violence
Barnett, Popeye
Barnett, We Won't Grow Up
We Won’t Grow Up
Barnett, Sex Toys
Sex Toys
Barnett, Sex on the Beach
Sex on the Beach
Barnett, I Wear What I Want
I Wear What I Want

Susan Barnett’s photographs are not about the t-shirts per se. “Not In Your Face” is a series about identity, validation, and perception. The artist looks for individuals who stand out in a crowd by the choice of the message on their back. The messages are combinations of pictures and words that reveal much about the identity of the wearer. They tell us who these people are and who they are not, who they want to be and what they want us to know about them. They demonstrate how individuals wear a kind of badge of honor that says “I belong to this group, not the other.” They advertise their hopes, ideals, dislikes, or political views. These individuals create their own iconography exploring the cultural, political, and social issues that impact our lives today. In light of bullying and stereotyping, “Not In Your Face” seeks a better understanding of our own judgments and biases. It presents a time capsule of the kind of messages that people are willing to wear and share without fear of reprisal.

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