Plastic bags are found everywhere in the world; their useful life is fleeting yet they are almost indestructible. These feather-light, gently rustling objects have a versatile beauty. In addition to their use for packaging and carrying things, they have been adapted for a wide variety of other purposes. They reflect consumer behavior, advertise status, reinforce identity, damage the environment and narrate our cultural history. At the same time, they are a symbol of our global society.
The exhibition in the Forum is dedicated to the plastic bag as an everyday item and as a focus for art and design. This much-discussed plastic product is explored in the context of society and the environment and as a theme of contemporary artistic work in the fields of painting, photography, installation, performance, urban art and design.
The Gewerbemuseum's in-house exhibition is curated by Susanna Kumschick and Ida-Marie Corell, author of "Alltagsobjekt Plastiktüte", which was published in 2011.
Included in the exhibition are works by:
Poklong Anading, Marie-Claire Baldenweg, Andreas Blank, Biaugust, Claudia Borgna, Iris van Bebber & Uwe Bülles, Ida-Marie Corell, Brigitte Corell, Lauren DiCioccio, Camila Labra Fontana, Ryan Frank, Hanna Liden, Torsten Mühlbach, Ian Kiaer, Krištof Kintera, MyeongBeon Kim, Lukas Julius Keijser, Luzinterruptus, Simon Monk, Sheila Odessey, Poka-Yio, Anne-Cécile Rappa, Dodi Reifenberg, Gregor Schneider, Lisa Tiemann, Roald Sivertsen, Ruben Verdu, Luzia Vogt, Johanna von Gagern, Nils Völker, Iskender Yediler.
Videodokumentation - Nils Völker: Eighty eight. Gewerbemuseum Winterthur 2012