The Most Inspiring Art of 2012

Photo Series of Students with All Their Belongings Critiques Consumerism

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all i own sannah kvist photography

credit: Sannah Kvist

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“The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Since the end of September, I've been living out of a suitcase as I transition from living in Little Rock, Arkansas to Brooklyn, New York. With that mindset, I couldn't help but include this photo series by Swedish photographer, Sannah Kvist, portraying people next to piles of all their stuff.

As Alex Davies wrote at the time:

There's no easier time to despise consumerism and materialism than when you're moving- all of a sudden, the stuff you've collected over the years (and likely hardly used) becomes a real pain in the butt. But the process of moving is just a catalyst for thinking critically about how much we buy and consume, and what is truly necessary.

If the best art is that which makes us think or gives us a new perspective, clearly Kvist's series succeeds in forcing us to think critically about our possessions and the role we play in our consumerist society. How big is your pile?

See the rest of the series and read the artist's statement.

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