Ibo Island, Mozambique
Archival pigment print
12 x 17 inches
Signed on the verso
Edition 1 of 3
Donated by the artist
In his image of a young boy in Mozambique, Richard Renaldi looks to the complicated web of cultural and capitalist influences that swarm the globe. Noting the ubiquitous Star Wars imagery on the t–shirt the boy wears, Renaldi creates a tender portrait that also calls into question how easily we accept consumer culture into our everyday lives. Renaldi is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and has had five of his monographs published, the most recent being, “I Want Your Love”.
Community Perspective Scrolling through the lots of Silver Eye’s 2020 auction offerings, I stopped to spend a few moments with this young child. There is an aura of calm that pervades this image which is a testament to the remarkable skill that Richard Renaldi has with using a cumbersome 8x10-inch view camera. It took me back to 1973 when I photographed a young boy in Moçambique; he, too, had an inexplicable peacefulness about him. That this young boy is wearing a Star Wars tee-shirt was lost on me though it seems to fascinate other viewers. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that the shirt says little about the boy’s taste in clothing. It might, instead, be interpreted as an indication that the tons of unwanted clothing donated annually from our Western consumer culture actually finds a good home.
– Linda Benedict Jones, photo historian, former Curator of Photography for the Carnegie Museum of Art, and former Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography
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