Poverty Line


Installation; Copies of original letters on overdue internet service payments from the Istanbul Enforcement Office to the artist. Installation of them in the from of a line, A4 folded in three, black ink, length variable, Istanbul, 2012


The installation consists of official letters addressed to the artist copied and folded, put together in a single line. Revealing these personal documents for public view is an important part of the work. Documents of enforcement offices, documents related to the inability to pay and bankruptcy, are rarely public. An artist can be an agent to make public what people normally don’t have the space for. This piece plays with the difference between the discourse of poverty and the actual experience of it. The term poverty line points to a statistics that falls short in explaining the experience itself.


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