Hannah Collins: Signs of Life

Artist(s): Hannah Collins
Format: paperback
Year published: 1992
Publisher: British Council
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: Unpaginated
Illustrations: Illustrated in black and white throughout


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Signs of Life came about as the result of an invitation in 1992 from the British Council to make a series of works for the 3rd Istanbul Biennial. Istanbul’s position on the boundary between East and West was highlighted after 1989 when the Berlin Wall had been pulled down. The city seemed porous. An assortment of strange objects appeared on the wide streets, propped up against trees and walls, separated from their origins as if drifting, washed up following a flood. The crowds at the bus station were intense. There was evidence of massive cultural change on the streets, but it was as if a slow, languorous opera was being staged in the surrounding theatre of the city.


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