plums for trash / slivi za smet сливи за смет/ ciruelas por basura / damaskina gia skoupidia δαμάσκηνα για σκουπίδια
Plums for Trash is a participatory work involving the exchange of unwanted objects between the general publics of New York City, Bulgaria, Mexico and Greece.
Certain objects live with us in a limbo state. It's unthinkable to put them in the trash; to let them go without receiving something in return. Until then, they sit forgotten, or worse, lurk as reminders.
From 2011-2013, I conducted Plums for Trash: Mobile Market for International Trash Exchange, with the principle that most anything could be trash and anything could be desired. My nomadic pop-up shop was fueled by a faith that I could find homes for these objects by simply relocating them.
I set the rules and did my best to follow them. I would fill one suitcase with my own objects I no longer wanted. I would not take money in exchange for an object (retired currency was acceptable). I would not keep any objects for personal use. All exchanges must take place in person, negotiation was encouraged, but I would be the final arbiter of value.
I must move objects from one country to the next, exchanging an entire generation of objects in one place before moving to the next. I must record the exchange with a drawing. I could not accept anything larger than the suitcase.
Radio Bulgaria: “Two New Yorkers in Sofia”
Bulgarian National Radio: “Plums for Trash, from the flea markets of New York to Sofia’s Bitak,”
(weekly program on consumerism)
A selection of my own objects that I carried with me from New York to Sofia, Bulgaria in July 2011
Slivi za Smet : documentation of exchanging my own objects in Sofia, Bulgaria, July 2011
Plums for Trash : documentation of exchanges during my MFA thesis show at Hunter College, May 2012
Documentation of objects I received from trading at the Hunter College MFA thesis show, that I then carried to Mexico City
Ciruelas por Basura : documentation of objects and exchanges in Mexico City, Chilchota, and Xilitla in Mexico
Plums for Trash : documentation of exchanges of objects in Mexico in New York
Objects that I brought with me from Mexico to Greece
Damaskina gia Skoupidia / δαμάσκηνα για σκουπίδια: documentation of exchanges at the TEM Market in Volos, Greece