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In the series “Ciggies” Jonna Pedersen is investigating cigarette packs from various cultures from the last century to now, and depicting the world history and the values throughout time.

Jonna Pedersen smoke her first half - and last - cigarette at the age of 14 and has never touched tobacco since then. From years of fascination and seduction of packaging of every day consumer products, her inspiration has led to a range of modern still life paintings telling a story and triggering memories.

Pedersen’s inspiration for the series of “Ciggies” was lit after a conversation with her dad about how he played with, collected and traded empty cigarette packs during his post Second World War childhood, and how he had a favorite cigarette brand that he started smoking at the age of 6.

Smokers or non-smokers - most people read the signs on everyday life products. Most people are also influenced by the image that the product is trying to create. In this series, Pedersen is portraying our joint   memories, and she is asking the questions: What happened to our old values? How did our values change from hope, glory and peace? Which role has cigarettes played in our culture and for our individual identity? What is smoking about today… Maybe she is even creating the cigarettes’ tombstones…


 





Martini Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
140x110 cm


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Dukat Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
116x80 cm


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Africa Sigarette
2017
Acrylic on canvas
120x100 cm

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Caro Cigarette
2017
Acrylic on canvas
1200x100 cm

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Cecil Blended
2017
Acrylic on canvas
92x62 cm

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Suez Virginia Cigarettes
2017
Acrylic on canvas
80x60 cm

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Glory Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
80x60 cm


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V Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
80x60 cm


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Red Bird Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
80x60 cm


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Pearl Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
80x60 cm


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Symphonia cigaretta
2017
Acrylic on canvas
90x60 cm

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Sensation Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
45x40 cm


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Pink Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
45x40 cm


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First Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
45x40 cm


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Top Score Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
45x40 cm


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Peace Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
45x40 cm


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Hope Cigarettes
2016
Acrylic on canvas
45x40 cm


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Jonna Pedersen | legeHUSET | Blistrupvej 14 | DK-2610 Rødovre, Copenhagen, Denmark | kunst@jonnapedersen.dk | +45 26 21 66 72

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