17 Feb '12, 11am

Artist Song Dong Exhibits Over 10,000 Items Collected by his Packrat Mom

Artist Song Dong Exhibits Over 10,000 Items Collected by his Packrat Mom

Blame it on his mother, everyone else does. The Chinese artist Song Dong has assembled more than 10,000 items hoarded by his mother over a five decade period. It's all on display at London's Barbican gallery . Called "Waste Not ," the exhibit focuses on the vast collection of Song Dong's mother Zhao Xiangyan, who refused to throw anything away after her husband died. She was an adult during the Cultural Revolution in China when everyone was poor and had to keep anything they could. It was a prerequisite for survival during periods of social and political turmoil. So it's a story of family and childhood memories. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 The show, consisting of over 10,000 items has been in eight different cities and in each one it was displayed differently. For this show, the artist's wife, daughter, aunt, and niece have set it up. For them it is a chance to revisit these fa...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/artist-song-dong-exhibi...

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