Palm Trees and Camouflage Do-rags, Happy Together

Danica Dakic’s (2006–2007). Photo: Image courtesy of the artist and Documenta 12

For her showing at this summer's Documenta 12 (the show staged every five years in Kassel, Germany, at which Jeff Koons was famously discovered decades ago), Bosnia-born artist Danica Dakic gets at a new kind of “teenage wasteland.” Inspired by Kassel’s wallpaper — yes, wallpaper — museum, Dakic asked some local youths to man their own Utopia and shot them in a particularly uninspiring locale with all the charm of a suburban New Jersey underpass. Nice juxtaposition, but we probably would have chosen something with a beach. —Rachel Wolff

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