Yin Xiuzhen: Cities in Suitcases

Yin Xiuzhen’s Portable Cities

Yin Xiuzhen has created miniature cities in open suitcases, using discarded clothing and other found materials. These textile sculptures are called, fittingly enough, Portable Cities.

Her current exhibition (at the Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney) features Melbourne, Shenzhen and Jia Yu Guan.

Looking at Mini-Melbourne, we can see that Yin cleverly rendered Flinders Street Station, the MCG and other notable landmarks. (Having never been to Shenzhen or Jia Yu Guan, I can’t comment on their veracity, but they sure look cool).

Yin spends time in each place and the buildings chosen for re-creation are ones that she finds memorable. It provides an interesting view of the locations and enforces her key message; you cannot truly understand, and therefore learn from an environment, unless you spend a good amount of time there.


Via designboom.

About Jordan

Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.