I N V I S I B L E
A N N W I Z E R
Ann Wizer was born in 1952 in
Her use of waste or garbage wasn’t intentional at first. She has always worked with debris- found objects- first from nature then later on from industry. She would ask restaurants in
“I work with garbage. Why? Because there is so much of it. When you really think about it, why are we making anything that just gets thrown away?” -Ann Wizer
The exhibit “Invisible” is sort of a continuation of the Living on Loring exhibit (which Ann Wizer did with Romina Diaz at Galleria Duemila and Museo Pambata earlier this year), and an off-shoot of her XS Project in Jakarta: but this time she will be working closely with women. Mothers, grandmothers…unemployed women who exist below the poverty line who are bogged down with children/multiple dependents that they cannot leave. The “invisible” ones, meaning forgotten, unseen, undocumented. The forgotten ones. The materials she’s looking into for this project also is called “Invisible waste”—trash that we don’t always see as it goes straight from factories into rivers or resellers/recycling sites. She is focused on making not just a statement, but a sustainable co-op that will enable these women to use traditional skills such as sewing and crocheting to make a living within their homes.
Gallery B of Galleria Duemila shall be transformed into the “Executive Lounge” showcasing furniture pieces with exaggerated dimensions in line with the irony that is present in Ann’s pieces. The furniture is stuffed with shredded cleaned garbage and represents the “powers that be” from big corporations to governments who just aren’t addressing these environmental issues. Gallery A shall exhibit the works that Ann and the women from the “Invisible” project come up with after the series of workshops that Ann shall hold.
The Invisible Sisters Co-op is another attempt to build something sustainable for Filipino women- specifically mothers and grandmother. With the skill of croquet and by utilizing the endless source of plastic bags, hopefully they can build additional incomes.
“Invisible” will open 3 October, Friday. Show runs until 31st October 2008.