2003 | 00:24:42 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Consumer culture, Interview, Memory, Mental Landscape, Portrait

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Vera is an assisted self-portrait of consumption. The subject is a woman whose passions and compulsions are of spending and loss, taste and subjectivity.

"Mr. Simon… is not making fun of Vera. She is too smart and self-aware and has too much of a sense of humor for that. He treats her like a partner in a collaborative investigation into the effects of consumerism on people. He also does not add any didactic or ideological message of his own. The video allows viewers to reflect for themselves on the psychology and sociology of shopping and consumerism and more generally on how capitalism conditions the lives and desires of modern people."

--Ken Johnson, New York Times, May 26th 2006

This title is also available on Jason Simon: Three Videos.