Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership.
Yvonne Dröge Wendel
Item Store was a shop and market stall in Loughborough town centre that presented a variety of obscure objects for visitors to look at, play with, and discuss. These objects were intended to simultaneously be ‘something’ and ‘nothing’. Their shape, colour and texture were almost identical and revealed little about their function. Labels attached to each of them gave clues as to their identity, providing a variety of possible interpretations via manuals, stories, images, histories and colour charts. The labels were exchangeable and arbitrarily attributed. Through them, the objects could be seen therefore as fashion items, toys, tools, instruments collector’s items, art objects or interior decoration items. All items were ready to be given a name, a context or a purpose with the input of the observer. One is currently used as a doorstop in the Radar office. "That's nice", people ask. "What is it?".
Yvonne Dröge Wendel is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. A central theme within her work is her personal obsession with collecting, making and restoring ‘things’. What is the most enriching experience between object and human subject? How do people and ‘things’ relate?