While traveling in Europe, several of the historic buildings located in the main squares and plazas I visited were undergoing major restorations.   In an attempt to protect tourists from the eyesore of construction, mesh facades with printed images of the original building were placed in front of the structures. False Façade is a photographic diptych that explores the tension between expectations and reality. These pseudo buildings, at first glance, give the viewer what they expect.  However, upon further inspection, it is clear that they are not an equal replacement to the unique original.  Mimicking the aesthetic of the touristic snapshot, False Façade, plays on photography’s history of travel documentation as well as its intrinsic nature which questions, “What is an original and what is a duplicate?” This diptych questions the value of the original.
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