Waste Not at the Barbican

At the weekend I saw a fascinating and poignant art installation called Waste Not, by the Chinese artist Song Dong.  It’s been shown around the world for the last few years, and now there are five days remaining until it closes at London’s Barbican. If you haven’t already been to see it, I recommend going – and it’s free!

The work presents five decades of items collected by Song Dong’s mother, Zhao Xiangyuan. The Chinese adage of wu jin qi yong – ‘waste not’ – was taken to extremes in Song Dong’s family home, and the story behind the clutter is what really elevates the installation.

I took some photos too.

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