Portable Cities, Essl Museum

Yin Xiuzhen



Portable Cities, Essl Museum
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60 cm x 120 cm x 80 cm
Installation view at the 2006 China Now exhibit at the Essl Museum in Vienna, Austria. As Yin Xiuzhen began receiving commissions to create new works in locations around the world, she frequently found herself in transit. The idea for Portable Cities came to her while waiting at an airport baggage claim, when she suddenly saw each suitcase as the home a traveler tries to carries with her. She fabricated the pieces in the series from old clothing gathered at their respective sites of creation: Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, New York, Berlin, Paris, Vienna . . . . As these portable cities accumulated, Yin began to exhibit them as an ensemble mapping her travels. On an oceanic blue wall behind the open suitcases, yellow buttons serve as drop pins for each city, connected by strands of yellow yarn.

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Mark Wilson, Sue-An van der Zijpp, Sabine Wang, and Carol Yinghua Lu, eds., New World Order: Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2008), 179.
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