A Site Specific Installation
Wedge projects, Chicago, 2019
Redundant; Not strictly necessary to functioning but included in case of failure in another component.
Socio-economic changes in the American and global markets have seen the collapse of iconic companies that were deeply rooted in the American consumer consciousness.
Dotan takes a keen, eye-level look at this phenomenon through the multi-layered symbol of Mannequins - a visual motif that represents a sense of redundancy: That is, that which is no longer needed, no longer relevant or useful. The anthropomorphic icons who stood for decades, in our own human images, displaying current yet ever-changing fashions, now stand naked, and left behind.
Dotan creates a would be memorial to the “fallen”; those who have tumbled from their former marketable heights. Body parts and accessories, now useless and unwanted, reference the human costs of a system which continually demands new methods of efficiency and products of desire. Inevitabley, as the system drives towards the “new”, what were once models of successful commerce become obsolete, and along with them, thousands of human employees are left behind, jobless, having been traded away and replaced by mega-companies of e-commerce.
They have become... Redundant.
Link to the site installation video at Wedge Gallery, Chicago
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