Piazza Santa Maria Novella
July 29, 2015
The Memory Market was a one-day, collaborative public performance in which 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.
01-05︎︎︎Several of the sculptures for sale.
06︎︎︎Setting up shop in the piazza.
07︎︎︎Getting kicked out by an Italian policeman.
08︎︎︎Front side of the takeaway, printed in English and Italian.
09︎︎︎Back side of the takeaway.
10︎︎︎Setting up shop in a different location in the piazza.
11︎︎︎Conversing and transacting.
12︎︎︎Certificate of authenticity.
13︎︎︎Sifting street dirt and dust in preparation for casting.