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, folded and put together in a single line. Revealing these personal documents for public view is an important part of the work. Documents from enforcement offices related to the inability to pay bills and bankruptcy are rarely made public. An artist can be an agent to make public what people normally don’t have the space for. Poverty Line (2012) plays on the difference between the discourse of poverty and the actual experience of it. The title ‘Poverty Line’ points to a statistical term normally used to measure poverty but which actually falls short of explaining the experience of poverty itself.

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