Rirkrit Tiravanija

Galerie Chantal Crousel

The inspiration for this exhibition was a coal barge called the Louise-Catherine, which the Salvation Army in Paris commissioned Le Corbusier to transform into a floating shelter in 1929. Rirkrit Tiravanija reconstructed the 260-foot vessel in Thailand at about half scale, so that it would occupy the gallery from floor to ceiling (part of its length could not be accommodated and had to be left behind). Visitors climbed onto the barge by way of a small wooden staircase near the bow. Inside were rows of wooden cots with white pillows and folded orange linens. Between the cots stood dressmakers’ dummies, each sporting multiple T-shirts with political slogans: FREE CHINA FROM TIBET; ON NE PEUT PAS SIMULER LA LIBERTE; MY PRESIDENT IS BLACK: THE DREAM CAME TRUE; FREE-THINKER; and so on. On the hull’s interior just behind the cots hung a row of “Untitled (T-Shirt Demonstration Drawings)” (all

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