Scotland: the second life of plastic bags in a virtual museum
Glasgow (AFP) - Because they "reveal so much about our lifestyle" and to warn about their impact on the environment, British artist Katrina Cobain has uploaded a collection of plastic bags, pending be able to open a museum.
Delicately, as if she were handling an old and precious object, Katrina Cobain unpacks her package and carefully places the plastic bags it contains on a display table in a makeshift workshop, installed in a former pipe factory in the east of the Scottish city of Glasgow.
For the 24-year-old artist, these objects, insignificant at first glance, actually tell everything about our modern history, which is why she has been collecting them for two years, with the idea of one day opening a bag museum.plastic.
"The idea came to me when I thought about the fact that our landscapes will one day be the archaeological sites of the future for our civilization, and that they will be filled with plastic", she told AFP .
"They reveal so much about our way of life over the past 60 years, in terms of consumption and social history", explains the young artist, who is enthusiastic about their ability to reflect "key historical events or important changes in graphic styles ".
When Katrina Cobain announced her intention to open a museum, she found herself drowned in plastic bags sent from all over the world.
His collection includes bags from New York or dating from the former Soviet Union.
She also received many bags commemorating special events, such as the supersonic flight of the Concorde or the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981.
"I don't know why we made bags commemorating the royal wedding," she laughs."It shows the level of production at the time!"
Posted Date: 2020-12-16