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All Objects, Even if New, Have Their Histories
By Photography / IO, 21 Jul 2011
It’s natural to assume, after tearing open a newly-bought object’s packaging, that we’re the first ones to touch it.
The assumption is wrong, of course, and a photography project by Lorena Turner is asking us to reconsider the notion by unearthing these ignored histories. With the finesse of a CSI agent, Turner dusts objects—all packaged in China and sold at US stores—before photographing them. The resulting fingerprints, of which there are many, act as evidence of the manufacturing cycle often invisible to us.
“This process allowed for the evidence of another’s touch, quite possibly the person involved in constructing and packaging the item, to be revealed,” the photographer wrote.
She added that the project, tersely titled Made in China, “highlights the human factor and invisible history in each object’s production”.
Turner maintains she isn’t out to critique consumptive practices but to remind ourselves that for every object bought and enjoyed, there’s a worker on the other side of the world putting them together, and that no object, no matter its pristine condition, is ‘brand new in box’.
[via Lorena Turner]
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