Robert Montgomery installs poetry in unexpected and unusual urban locations.
Yin Xiuzhen: Portable Cities series, 2006-2010
Portable Cities are small-scale installations in suitcases that use old clothing and fabrics from an inhabitant of the particular city which are tranformed into three-dimensional textile models of their places of origin, hereby examining the political, social, historical, environmental, and human constructions that surrounded the artist when she was living there.
About her favourite material, Yin says: ‘Clothes tell a lot about a person. At a single glance they recount how big a person is, his or her age, style, gender and income. But they also narrate invisible information such as the memory of a certain period when the piece was worn, and the reason why it was kept.’
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Skeleton couple Zippo windproof lighter on Satin Chrome
Zippos from Vietnam engraved with this message and others, are sold as tourist souvenirs to Americans.
“We are the unwilling led by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary for the ungrateful.”