25 March 2008

"Crack Baby"

I affectionately like to refer to this photo as "Crack Baby". You may be wondering what is going on. I'd like to think that it is performance art.

Actually, this charming little girl has wedged herself in Doris Salcedo's installation Shibboleth (2007) in the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern in London.

By installation, I of course mean a giant crack in the floor that runs the length of the space. It is very cool and the little kids seemed to love it. I watched one little boy drive his toy truck all around it. And if the kids get it, then I would consider it a success. It's fun. It is a work that is puzzling and strangely interactive. What does one do with a giant crack? Investigate it, step over it, walk along it, shove your toe in it, contemplate it. For the official take on it, check out this link: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/dorissalcedo/default.shtm

*Photo notes: this shot was taken with a Voigtlander Bessa-R rangefinder outfitted with a Color-Skopar 35mm f2.5 MC lens and Ilford XP2 film. Taken on 14 March 2008 and of course COPYRIGHT Kate Castelli 2008.

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