Who: Sergio Clavijo
What: Les dormeurs / The Sleepers
Where: Montreal, Quebec, as part of Art SouTerrain (a literally underground city festival of art)
When: Friday, March 1, 2013
Why: The implications of this installation are more than artistic. The Sleepers is a disruption in a process of exhange. To create this piece, Clavijo traded new clothes for used ones belonging to homeless people. The new serve as a reimbursement for the old, while the old are a testimony of the journeys of homeless people in the city. This process of exchange acts as an evolving portrait of our lives in society and creates an atmosphere of doubt through the unsettling uncertainty of presence that disturbs power.