Culture is a product highly valued in capitalistic societies. It is studied, stolen, reproduced, packaged and sold to the public. But no matter how similar it is to the original, it will never have its authenticity.
Merima Repesa creates a visual example to replicate this phenomenon using D.C. culture, specifically mumbo sauce.
The bottles of mumbo sauce serve as the product every factor of gentrification and ethnic cleansing tries to sell as a cloak of authenticity to compensate for their actions. The overflowing shopping cart of mumbo sauce embodies how eager the consumer is to buy into a replication of a culture they know nothing about due to how trendy it currently is.