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Plumber Assemblage, Fig.1 - 10, Tangier

Yto Barrada
Plumber Assemblage, Fig.1 - 10, Tangier, 2014
Gelatin silver print
Work (each): 50 x 50 cm

In the series of photographs, Plumber Assemblage, Fig.1 - 10, Tangier, Yto Barrada considers the romanticism attached to objects characterized as ‘foreign’ and through this process, examines how value is assigned. Found objects such as pipes, faucets, and spigots — which are reused in assemblages by plumbers to advertise their services in Tangier — are placed outside of their typical context in poses that reconfigure their meaning. The series was presented as part of Barrada’s first solo exhibition in Johannesburg; She Could Talk a Flood Tide Down, in which she engaged different aspects of language and play — and through humour allowed for deeper reflection and a closer reading of objects, materials and processes.