On May 2nd, 2013, a Tumblr user posted a picture of Paris Hilton wearing a shirt with ‘Stop Being Poor’ printed on the front. The image – which captures the glamorous excess of Y2K pop culture — rapidly became a well-known and widely-shared meme, and it still prevails in 2023. Little do people know that it’s a photoshopped image, since in the original photograph the shirt actually reads ‘Stop Being Desperate,’ a design from Nicky Hilton’s clothing line Chick, launched in 2005. Débora Delmar takes up the image and repurposes it as a slogan for antinuclear disarmament.
Débora Delmar (Mexico, 1986) lives and works between London and Mexico City. Her practice investigates the effects of globalization on everyday life, focusing on issues such as class, gender, cultural hegemony, property ownership and gentrification. Her installations examine the value of goods, analyzing their systems of production, distribution and consumption. Delmar often creates direct architectural interventions and gestures within her installations which coincide with those of relational aesthetics and institutional critique.