'Ghost town' is an ongoing series of second hand clothes with transferable prints of buildings and construction sites in London and Amsterdam. The physical remnants of partly demolished accomodations and building skeletons for new residencies are like ghostly presences haunting these two cityscapes. Simultaniously newly built appartment complexes feel as odd alien newcomers slightly out of place in their urban surroundings. Both groups are part of the rapidly changing urban landscape, their bodies of bricks, fake facades and concrete form the main characters of 'Ghost town' series that uses recycled clothes as their vehicle. The title refers to the 1980 Specials song under that same name that alluded to the urban decay and social unrest of the 80's in the UK. The 1980's were also the time that the conversion of older houses into flats emerged in the UK, paving the way for 'super gentrification' (Loretta Lees) that is of much higher economic order and is the reality we are living in today.
These works have been commissioned for the group show Forum: Bread and Games curated by Natalija Paunic, organised by Open Space, London in 2020. The works presented here are an exploration on how people identify with their surroundings of both urban and domestic landscapes within rapidly gentrified cityscapes. Both the fashion industry and the real estate market use examples of lifestyle to brand their products, however already from an early age on, ‘ways of living’ are being advertised through (gender biased) toys and furniture. In the book Pornotopia, Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War Paul B. Preciado describes how Playboy as a multimedia project has been a driving force in changing the previously binary conception of interior and exterior both as a spatial as well as social-psychological construction. The series of sculptures are a reflection on the way architecture, interior desing and fashion are protecting as well as governing the body and the ways that these fictions find a way into everyday life and the construction of identity of a contemporary urban citizen.