A Personal Journey through Globalized Economy
Charlie Koolhaas looks at the traces of constantly changing global economy: intercontinental markets; the chiffres of pop culture and of merchandizing; the brokers trading goods around the planet; and male and female role models in context with business-driven relationships.
- October 2019 approx. CHF 59.00 | eur 58.00
1st edition, 2019
approx. 256 pages, 200 color illustrations
20 x 28.5 cm
"City Lust" is the name of a fragrance that sociologist and photographer Charlie Koolhaas found in a Dubai perfumery wholesale showroom. It is also the starting point of an expedition that leads Koolhaas to a variety of places in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US. In Lagos, Guangzhou, Dubai, London, and Huston, she explores the fast change that a globalized economy forces upon these so very different metropolises.
During extended stays in each place, Koolhaas has taken a vast number of photographs, many of them of striking intensity. She focuses her view is not just on the increasing uniformity of cities around the world. Her key objective is to demonstrate the discrepancy between cultural standardization and local diversity in the age of globalization. The visual language of her new book City Lust is everyday photography, pure documentation and captivating observation. The second narrative is Koolhaas’s equally fascinating and illuminating essay that brings together her own insight into global trade and its protagonists.