If you are a lover of stuff and find it difficult to throw things away, you might want to visit the Song Dong installation (which Amanda posted about back in Feb) at the Barbican. You will either run out screaming, vowing to clear out your clutter asap, or find beauty and purpose in the collections of ordinary objects.
Artist Song Dong is acclaimed for his conceptual and personal performances and installations and created Waste Not as a tribute to his mother, Zhao Xiangyuan, who amassed the vast collection of 10,000 objects, over five decades. Being frugal was the only way for the family to survive Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution and Zhao kept everything, even old soap and empty toothpaste tubes for possible future use.
My teens commented to each other ‘Just imagine how much crap we’ll have to get rid of when mum dies’. Oh dear, perhaps it’s time for a clear out!
Song Dong is at the Barbican Curve Gallery, until the 12th of June.