The back of a bus

posted by Bridget on 01 April 2014

I was introduced recently to the work of Braco Dimitrijevic and loved the debunking of great person history in his series Casual Passers-By.

Braco Dimitrijevic's work Casual Passers-By, made in the 1960s and 70s is a humorous undermining of the idea of public art celebrating famous people.

braco bus

During the 1970s Dimitrijevic photographed people he met in the street and then produced large scale prints pasted onto bill boards, walls and the back of a London bus. In many countries photographs and sculptures of the powerful dominate the civic landscape and we learn to read these public displays as representations of national leaders.

When we are faced with Dimitrijevic's large portraits dotted around the city, even though we may not recognise the face on the back of the bus, we will assume it is of someone famous.

The subversion is simple but very effective.

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