No matter the culture or society, it seems as though there is always a group of individuals who are stigmatized for their dubbed identity, due to their choice of career, religious affiliation, and political affiliation. The repeated cycles of history have shown us this time after time.
Photographer Benjamin Benchet’s image series, entitled I am Winnie the Pooh, exists to specifically incite the reflection of the aforementioned stigmatizations involving the judgments of society. As Benchet states, “the definition of Us always entails the negation of Them.” In his series, Benchet places lovable Disney characters, superheroes, and other beloved icons into shoes of struggle, placing them with jobs many consider “menial” and deem distasteful, on the streets of Rome, a city Benchet says is a “theatre for a wave of overt intolerance and violence against a segment of the population who represent a feared and rejected otherness.”
The images used in this post were used with permission.Hulk, 44 years old, subway busker | Benjamin Béchet / Odessa / Picturetank BEB0317400
First Image: Batman, 33 years old, night petrol pump attendant | Benjamin Béchet / Odessa / Picturetank BEB0317395
Image Credit: Benjamin Béchet | Images were used with permission. More great works from Benjamin Béchet can be found HERE.