22 feb 2013

10-meter high of Plastic Bags, by Pascale Marthine Tayou

The installation Plastic Bags occupies since last spring, the Hall of the historic part of the MACRO - the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, interacting with the Odile Decq's architecture. This is the space for free passage of MACRO, which is used by the locals to move from one street to another district, just like a square from the global village.

Plastic Bags is a large installation shaped like a giant beehive, almost ten meters high by the Cameroon artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. It is made entirely from plastic bags that evoke in their simplicity, the many stories of our daily lives. They offers a colorful critique of capitalism, consumerism and widespread plastic pollution.
Everyday objects, useful as insidious, the bags have become a symbol of the growing globalization and consumerism, but also homelessness that increasingly characterizes today's society, a central theme in the artist's research.
But the journey of these plastic bags was long. In 2012 the installation was realized at gare de Paris Saint Lazare with the collaboration of the people. The work was in 2011 in Milan at Hangar Bicocca for the group exhibition "Terre Vulnerabili", and even before at Queensland Art Gallery of Brisbane, in Australia.

The common denominator of his work is the idea of travel, not only physical but also mental, that manifests itself as an ongoing cultural and geographic displacement also in the choice of materials (waste and rubble urban or everyday objects often coming from the place where he is to work). The traveler for the artist is not only a way of life, but also a psychological condition, meeting with something else, able to subvert the social, the political, economic and symbolic of our life: "It is a certainty that traveling is the hope of meeting the magic that hides the mysteries of the rational human being."

Plastic Bags will be on exhibit at Macro through April 1, 2013.

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Photo credit © Giorgio Benni/MACRO


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