All That Glitters

Economic disparity is sometimes subtle rather than blatant. It is quiet and insidious. It doesn’t always represent itself in a clear and concise manner. Sometimes the disparity is woven into the very fabric of a culture. The aesthetics of culture are slowly conditioning us to accept disparity as the norm. It’s not just the poor versus the wealthy. It is a war between color, texture, and design. Each of these elements has symbols, and each of these symbols change meaning as they are perceived by the various groups of the social strata. This project covers Bangkok and Hong Kong and aims to define and explore economic disparity by juxtaposing physical perspective, class, and symbols of inequality. But the idea goes beyond this region, it is global, and the definition of disparity is nefarious.