This ongoing installation is a corridor made of closed down shop-shutters. It replicates a shopping street of closed down shops, where small businesses appear to have ceased their activities due to failing competition against larger brands and the internet.
As part of this work, I gradually collect shop-shutters by both buying them in second-hand markets and by offering shop-owners new shutters in exchange for their old ones.
The aesthetic aspect and the physical presence of the closed down shutters is the subject of this work. Taken as a symbol, they recreate in the space of this installation the image of a global phenomenon.
Installation view, Shutterstreet (Tokyo), 2019 / ‘Foreshadows’, Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, Tokyo, Japan, 2019
Shop-shutter (lightweight aluminium), hand-written notes on paper scraps, tape / Part of: Shutterstreet, 2019-…
240 x 160 x 36 cm / 94.5 x 63 x 14.17 in
Photo: TAKAHASHI Kenji
Courtesy Tokyo Arts and Space
Shutterstreet (Tokyo) is the first shop shutter to enter the ongoing installation Shutterstreet (2019-…).
Handwritten notes are attached to the shop shutter, expressing messages of gratitude and appreciation, written by former customers of the closed-down business (a second-hand bookstore called “Riverside”), and revealing anecdotes of its fading-away reality.