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Martin Parr

Assorted Cocktail

What do mass tourism, business world elites, leisure society, and the working class all have in common? An extreme social exhibitionism that is flamboyant, sensual, and self-confident, that gives way to everyday situations, social rituals, and national customs, but that usually goes overlooked due to its banality and borderline aesthetics. With a penetrating eye for extreme but otherwise inconspicuous and peripheral situations, Martin Parr offers a view of the world as it is and not as it should be: overweight British diners devouring their fish and chips, beet-red vacationers reclining in their deck chairs, couples in restaurants staring past each other in silence, and Japanese tourist groups gathered before the Acropolis.