“What came first: fiction or reality?”
Mario Wezel, German, photographer
“What was your main intent in creating your exibit: Do You Sometimes Dream of America?
In the beginning it was really to show how much or how little this country is what we think it is…
how far our expectations are mislead through the constant consumption of American culture. I stumbled across the expression ‘cultural imperialism’—I find it an interesting way to define the impact the U.S. media and culture have on the rest of the world.
I always have and still consume American pop culture, and I’ve found the recurring themes of those productions in the country’s daily life, although in a much more ordinary way than the cliche representations in movies or books. In many cases I’ve found myself wondering whether people do some things because they saw it in a movie first or if the movie was inspired by real life. What came first: fiction or reality?”