Bag Lady, 2006Slide show installation, artist's book
Bag Lady is based on a weeklong intervention in a shopping mall in Berlin, where the artist went shopping carrying a lot of cash in a transparent plastic bag. Behaving like a perfect customer while doing something totally wrong, Bag Lady is both a security threat and a subject of protection. Existing in both roles but fitting in neither of them, she challenges the pleasant and secure shopping atmosphere of the mall, especially the people responsible for maintaining it. This subtle intervention sheds controversial light on the fragility of the social order, where private property in the form of money or product is such a holy cow, that it is under constant intuitive public control.
Supported by FRAME, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Finnish Academy of Fine ArtsPhotographers: Robert Johansson, Hans Rosenström, Siri Baggermann, Bjarki Bragason, Sandra TrutéThanks: Mika Hannula, Frans Jacobi, Karri Kuoppala, Ahmet Ögüt