stephanie syjuco

 

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> Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime)
> Neutral Orchids
> Cargo Cults
> Money Factory (An Economic Reality Game)
> Empire Gardens
> Hecho en Cuba (Made in Cuba)
> Artificial Currencies
> Dazzle Camouflage at Workshop Residence
> Public Pedagogy
> Market Forces
> American Rubble (Lancaster Avenue)
> The Fabricators (Tbilisi Edition)
> This is Not the Berlin Wall
> Dirty Works
> Copystand Books (Kronika Edition)
> Dazzle Camouflage Projects
> Cascadian Pattern Collapse
> Modern Ruins (Popular Cannibals)
> Re-Mediation Lab
> Afghanicraftistan
> Empire/Other
> Ultimate Fabrication Challenge (Fauxrijuana)
> CHATFACE
> The Precariat (Material Witnesses)
> Cargo Cults: Object Agents
> Neutral Displays (Small Dilemmas)
> Ultimate Vision (Dazzle Camouflage)
> Ornament and Crime (Villa Savoye)
> Speculative Propositions
> Excess Capital
> FREE TEXTS: An Open Source Reading Room
> The International Orange Commemorative Store (A Proposition)
> RAIDERS
> Phantoms (H_RT F D_RKN_SS)
> Pattern Migration
> Shadowshop
> Learning to Love You (All)
> Particulate Matter: Things, Thingys, Thingies
> notMOMA
> COPYSTAND: An Autonomous Manufacturing Zone
> Custom Transitional Utility Object (Morris Mover)
> Temporal Aggregate (Borrowed Beuys)
> Anti-Factory Bristol
> Towards a New Theory of Color Reading
> The Berlin Wall
> Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy)


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Travelers (The Merchant Class), framed digital photo print. Photoshoot included: Cafe tablecloth, second-hand clothing including men's shirts, sweaters, jackets, patterned textiles. Featuring artists Gabriel Adams (Berlin) and Brydee Rood (New Zealand) from the Artisterium exhibition.


Partial installation view, Day 5: after the photoshoots.


Partial installation view, Day 1: pre-photoshoots.


Young Woman (Local Tiflis Girl), framed digital photo print. Photoshoot materials included: second-hand men's shirt and quilted patterned textile. Styled and modeled by Mako Krikheli, Visual Art and Design School at Tbilisi Free University.

The Fabricators (Tbilisi Edition)
2014

Five-day installation, photoshoots, and fabrication workshops in Tbilisi, People's Republic of Georgia. Part of the Artisterium Festival, at the State Literature Museum, Tbilisi, November 7-12. Curated by Lydia Matthews as part of the exhibition "Rubble, Riches, Treasure, Trash"


From the catalog:

Focused on the largely unspoken cultural narratives and power relations that garments carry through their visual patterning and structural form, Syjuco has created a large-scale spectacle in the space of the Literature Museum. A continuation of her Cargo Cults series, this work includes piles of second-hand textiles, cumulative photo archives, and a hands-on studio workshop that utilizes participants to create fictional narratives about empire, commerce, and trade.

Inspired by vintage photographs of 19th Century Georgian women dressed in traditional costume, Syjuco will collaborate with Tbilisi-based artists and students to use locally sourced, second-hand clothing to playfully yet critically re-stage contemporary versions of these historical images in unexpected and inventive ways. Their collaborative process is intended to engage a dialogue about the relationship between past and present, traditional and contemporary culture, and “brand new” vs. “used” goods.

Their efforts will result in a display of re-enacted photographs. Following this photo shoot, Syjuco will invite local textile artists, along with art and design students, to participate in an “up-cycling”workshop challenge.


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Partial installation view, Day 5: after the photoshoots.


left: Young Portrait Artists (Renaissance Selfie), framed digital photo print. Photoshoot materials included: vintage Georgian jacket and dress, gold hotel bedspread coverlet, second-hand men's shirts, Chinese plastic travel bag, patterned textiles, Apple iPhone. Styled and modeled by students Ano Jishkariani and Giorgi Grdzelishvili, Visual Art and Design School at Tbilisi Free University.

right: Georgian artist (Bouillon Maker), framed digital photo print. Photoshoot materials included: reconfigured vintage Turkish and Georgian textiles, cafe tablecloth, scarf, second-hand men's shirts. Styled and modeled by Natuka Vatsadze.


Left: Young Lady in Waiting, framed digital photo print. Photoshoot included: second-hand men's shirts, styled and modeled by student Salome Potskhverashvili, Visual Art and Design School at Tbilisi Free University.

Right: Modern Victory Group (After the Fall of the Russian Empire), framed digital photo print. Photoshoot materials included: Gold hotel bedspread coverlet, café tablecloth, second-hand clothing including men’s shirts and sweaters; vintage Georgian jacket and dress, clothespins, patterned textiles, Macbook Pro, wooden pole, reproduction Thonet chair, Soviet-era geological map. Styled and modeled by artists Giorgi Grdzelishvii, Ano Jishkariana (Visual Art and Design School at Tbilisi Free University), Papuna Chivadze (Tbilisi State Academy of Arts), Chuka Kuprava (GTG).


Installation view: source images culled from traditional Georgian costumes, digital projector


Photoshoot components including Soviet-era geological maps and patterned textiles.


Installation view: final day


digital contact sheet from photoshoot


The Merchants’ Hands, framed digital photo print. Photoshoot materials included: café tablecloth, second-hand clothing including men’s shirts, sweaters, jackets, patterned textiles. Styled and modeled by artists Brydee Rood (New Zealand) and Gabriel Adams (Berlin) from the Artisterium 7 exhibition.

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