Artist as Ethnographer

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Artworks in which the characteristics or customs of cultural groups are described, recorded, or given order. Historically, ethnographic projects (predominantly photographic) have focused on the systematic identification of a society’s types—an iconic work being August Sander's "People of the Twentieth Century" (roughly 1927-1964). However, in contemporary art, artists may seek to complicate such a visual catalogue of societal types in order to reflect the seemingly infinite differences between people and their experiences.

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