Thursday, December 22, 2005

My Trini Bed-Site Specific Public Art 4

Where I lay I shall be remembered


The British artist, Tracey Emin puts a spin on her personal life by combining both art and reality in a piece entitled, My Bed. A mattress littered with her personal artifices such as paper waste, undergarments, condoms, liquor bottles and cigarettes. In 1999, It was short-listed for the Turner Prize.


In 2005, on the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad, this public installation, like Tracey Emin’s work is of personal effects. What you see is not a performer or a mannequin but rather a homeless man in complete solitude. All his possessions are littered besides him. Food containers, clothing, bedding and newspapers. And where he sleeps is in a decrepit bus shelter. This is his, My Trini Bed, available to any gallery willing to accept it. The Last Thing I Said is Don't Leave Me Here.

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One woman to the other; I had to move over on de road, he taking up d pavement with he queen size
Queen size - The size of the cardboard used as a bed mat

1 comment:

BarbadosInFocus / PictureInFocus said...

Life imitating Art…not quite, but poverty it is the reality in many West Indian countries, North America, and Europe.

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