This post follows on from themes that have turned to look at the typically dull and ordinary and appreciate them as something beautiful. This has been in a more light-hearted manner, but an artist’s installation made me think about this differently and in a more serious way. Some of these dull and ordinary objects and places that many of us are fortunate enough to have the luxury of being uninterested in, have become a means of survival for others. In exploring the limits of how pipes and drainage can be used, this must be the most extreme.
Urban artist, Biancoshock explores ephemerality (transitory / something that only exists briefly). The art / installations intervene for a moment and “exist briefly in space but limitlessly in time through the photography, the video and the media (http://www.biancoshock.com/bio.html)
One project, “Borderlife” took place in Lodi, Milan 2016. It expressed issues where people have been forced to live in intense ways. A series of abandoned manhole covers were lifted and refurbished into tiny living spaces.
The artist words: “If some problems can not be avoided, make them comfortable. Intervention that, parodically, speaks about people forced to live in extreme conditions, even coming to live in manholes. An example of inspiration is Bucharest, where more than 6000 people live underground, in the sewers” and provides a link to the documentary, please follow: http://www.biancoshock.com/borderlife.html for the link.
Biancoshock very skillfully and cleverly interprets, expresses and visualizes important international events, topics and issues which can raise awareness and also alter how one thinks or understands something in artistic simplistic ways. I feel that this work truly demonstrates that “a picture is worth a thousand words”.