Silver 2020 / Fine Art / Other (Non-Pro)

On Guard!

  • Prizes
    Silver in Fine Art/Other
  • Photographer
    Jake Romm

This work explores the formal relation between museum guards and the aesthetic space that they inhabit. The photographs have been processed in such a way as to flatten and erase the distinction between guard and work in order to incorporate and level both into pure form. This flattening comments on the under appreciated and underpaid labor that keeps museums running. In erasing the distinction between art and guard, the viewer is forced to finally see the guards, to engage with their presence, to acknowledge their integrality to the museum both aesthetically as form and logistically as labor.