Mug of Shame

December 2017, Print work on ready-made


A mug is a daily reassuring item passed along the family, community or their informal guests, fulfilling placably various fonctions of beverage container, plant pot, pen holde,... What is the mug was uncomfortably displaying some unwanted informations about a member of thehousehold? Would it loose its versatile functions?


I printed some shameful BDSM party portrait photos on a mug for a friend, via the gift shop printing company available in the Jean Coutue pharmacy chain. She was surprised to receive them in this medium and felt the need to only use use the mug in her restricted space of her bedroom. Bearer of a secret, the mug lost its comunity ustensile quality to become a individualised object to hide as a bad of shameful memory. To use a photo more than words or a drawing incriminates its protogonists as a fact in an investigation. 

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