SwitchieSwitchie

 
Jan 2016

204 pages, full digital color,
14,8 × 21 cm,
With an introduction by Veronika Komarova

Language: russian / english

Edition: 100

December 7, 2013 Moscow-based artist Igor Ponosov folded into a large blue pack various objects he found on the streets of Moscow:
— an anti-parking delineator
— a brick
— a fire extinguisher
— a “Coca-Cola” brand banner
— a banner with graffiti
— two house signs
— a bus schedule
— a mesh from a phone booth
— ornaments from a street Christmas tree

and went to the post office. The post-office employee refused to accept the fire extinguisher and forced the artist to take it out. Then he weighed the parcel, handed Ponosov a bill for 5120 roubles and finally sent the package to its destination.

Twenty days later, on the other side of a planet in the residential area of the city of Marietta, Georgia, USA, American artist Brad Downey received an old bag, wrapped in tape with “souvenirs” from Russia and unpacked it in the lobby of his parent’s house (where he travels for Christmas every year from Berlin). A few days later he went to inspect the neighbourhood in search of the US analogs for received objects, with an eye to replace them.

Veronika Komarova

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