Société Réaliste is an artists’ cooperative founded in 2004 by Ferenc Gróf (1972) and Jean-Baptiste Naudy (1982). Central to their activities is the exploration, subversion, and deconstruction of the specific devices of visual communication that have been developed and employed by institutions, governments, and rulers, i.e., the representatives of power—in the fields of religion, politics, culture, art, and finance—so as to position themselves. By exploring the representative and aesthetic roles of these agencies—including signs, logos, maps, symbols, typefaces, landmarks, emblems, statues or even buildings—in complex contexts of much broader time and space, the artists place them in a new light in the form of a “political cabinet of curiosities,” a critical, narrative implementation of design.
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