|Untitled, Singapore (2012)|
1. The gallery in cooperation with the artist announces a call for second-hand white T-shirts (in wearable condition). For each T-shirt received by the gallery, the gallery will donate a set amount of money to an NGO that advocates migrant workers’ rights in the country where the gallery is based.
2. The artist randomly assigns a random name to be printed on each one of the second-hand T-shirts, in mirror image.
3. The gallery coordinates screen-printing of the names on the T-shirts, sub-contracting the process to a company in the cheapest neighbouring country.
4. The gallery coordinates production of an artist’s book in the form of a catalogue, with background of project and images of T-shirts, leaving empty space for name of buyers to be written (this may be produced during or after the exhibition).
1. T-shirts are to be hung on a clothes-rack. A mirror is installed near the rack.
2. In the case where space is an issue, the display can contain only a few of the T-shirts while the rest of the T-shirts are kept in storage. To service the visitors, the artist’s book is made available so that they can choose which T-shirt to buy or to try on.
1. Each T-shirt is a unique piece and is for sale, priced at the national standard of minimum wage per day, at the time of the batch release, in the country where the gallery is based. For the sale of each unique T-shirt, a unique certificate of the work signed by the artist is included.
2. Before purchasing a T-shirt, buyers are required to prove that they’re not buying a T-shirt inscribed with their own name.
3. The artist’s book is a unique piece for each batch release. This book is to be sold separately from the T-shirts at the end of each batch release.
4. Unsold T-shirts and book will be included in the next batch release.
(Note: In Singapore, the second hand shirts were collected in Singapore and Indonesia, and printed in Indonesia. In Singapore, there was no regulated national standard of minimum wage per day, and so following discussion with the gallery the price for each white shirt with a certificate signed by the artist was SGD50.)
Untitled, Singapore. Tintin Wulia 2012. Participatory installation with names printed in mirror image on second hand white shirts, and artist’s book. Shown at Duchamp in South East Asia at Equator Art Projects, Gilmann Barrack, Singapore.