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Barter

Video, 6:54 mins., photography series, 2007

Barter project deals with the issue of interactions inside contemporary art market. The artists went to a small village near Kharkiv and asked locals to exchange printed copies of works by contemporary art star-artists (such as Andy Warhol, Sam Taylor-Wood, Cindy Sherman etc) for farm products (eggs, potatoes etc). The “price” for each single piece was negotiated with buyers. In a short video-interviews the new owners of art-pieces explain why they choose this particular piece and where they’re going to place them, e.g. among photos of relatives usually decorating house walls.