Waste Not by Song Dong at the MOMA

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

“Waste Not” by  Song Dong is a current exhibition at the MOMA and consists of an installation created in collaboration with his mother.

As described on the MOMA website: “the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or “waste not,” was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.”


More pictures of the Waste Not installation and interviews with MOMA curators can be found on ChinaDigitalTimes.

When you visit make sure to walk around the installation and really think about all the carefully arranged items, categorized and grouped, and what it means to have collected and amassed them over the years. All of these items, ‘rat-packed’ in hope that they might be of use one day and come to your rescue. No regrets. Keep everything.

Then go to the top floors and look down; the view from above is equally magnificent!

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