Frieze Projects 2012
Latifa Echakhch’s work addresses globalized contemporary culture through simple, elegant gestures and formal restraint. In her project, Echakhch turns a patch of lush, green grass on Randall’s Island into an enchanting mirage by mysteriously installing hundreds of tumbleweeds in an incongruous location. Typically seen rolling in the desert or on empty highways in the American Southwest, tumbleweeds have long become icons of classic Western movies and popular imagination. As a three-dimensional still life, this constructed illusion invites us to re-examine a familiar object that is unexpectedly made present to us in an idiosyncratic context.
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