Transmigration of the Sold by Yoko Inoue
September 1, 2006
Phase Two of Four in TOTS project.
"Phase two of the project is a performance on Canal Street in which I will unravel all of the clothing I imported from Peru and Ecuador, returning finished products to the state of raw material, and wind the yarn into big wool balls, readying it for reworking. I think of yarn as a material metaphor for a state of flux. Reversing the process of interlocking the yarn to create sweaters or flags is an attempt to disentangle the threads of different histories and ultimately to understand “American” identity. I favor Canal Street because the dynamics of the tourist/consumer traffic can be examined in connection with issues that exist in the intricate layers of multicultural society, such as immigration, assimilation, cultural identity, globalization, and free trade." (Yoko Inoue)