The Rihanna Rapports

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The Rihanna Rapports
Mixed media, 28 boxes on plints, each containing multiple paper files

The Rihanna Rapports is an archive of captions of American pop-star Rihanna’s modes of expression through fashion. The word “rapport” refers to the word “report” – but it has a different content. I am thinking of this archive (and The Rihanna Paintings) as a true fan art projects, and the word “rapport” occurs here because it is used when two or more people feel that they are in sync or on the same wavelength because they feel similar or relate well to each other. Besides, the word literally means “to carry something back” – what one person sends out the other sends back.

The Rihanna Rapports are placed in 30 red boxes on red plints. They consist of A5 sketchbooks, colour tests, pallette books and photos from the studio, texts and screen drops with information documenting not only the studio work but also each outfit and situation around Rihanna on different days of her paparazzi-documented and commercialized life.

(The pictures here mainly present the visuals of archive and not the texts which, in fact, make up the larger part of the archive.)

Click here to read Marie Egger’s text about the project

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Detail view into the archive

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Detail view into the archive

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Detail view into the archive

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Detail view into the archive

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo

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Part of the archive; an A5 ink-jet photo