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Memory Market

Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy
July 29, 2015

The Memory Market was a one-day, collaborative public performance in which artist and designer Jonathan Hanahan and I borrowed from the commercial activity and visual language of local street vendors to create an alternative market of mementos. Instead of selling wares such as teacups, thimbles, shot glasses and statuettes—items ubiquitous in tourist destinations yet often possessing only superficial associations with their assigned landmarks—we offered passersby items imbued with traces of the place in which they were sold. My contribution was a series of automobile fragments cast in a mixture of glue and dirt collected from area streets and sidewalks. A certificate of authenticity accompanied each purchase.