Sarah Cwynar

Kitsch Encyclopedia (2010), collects appropriated text and pictures to parse the ideologies behind the benign imagery of popular culture. Cwynar refer often to Milan Kundera’s concept of kitsch, which he defines in The Unbearable Lightness of Being as the familiar images we look at in order to ignore all that is not aesthetically appealing about life. The book was designed, compiled and edited by myself. Kitsch Encyclopedia looks at the way that an idealized image world has been constructed on top of the real world and has in many ways subsumed it.

Production Details

8.5 × 11 in
189 pages
Case Bound
Pink portfolio of 6 zines in a blue cloth-covered slipcase
Gold foil stamping
4/4 offset printing


Text, editing and design by Sara Cwynar
Published by Blonde Art Books
Special Edition of 20