Michael Landy

Appropriation 1

1990

Medium
Photograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 290 x 380 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 2000
On long term loan
Reference
L02300

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Michael Landy’s Market was an installation made by arranging typical market-stall stands, artificial grass and plastic bread-crates in a vast disused industrial space in south London. These stills are taken from a video piece called Appropriations, which was shown on three monitors around the space.

The video shows high street grocers setting up their stalls for the day, using the ubiquitous plastic crates ‘borrowed’ from bread manufacturers as platforms for their goods. Landy draws attention to this act of theft and re-use that has become part of an accepted daily ritual repeated throughout the world.

Gallery label, August 2004