As part of Art Basel’s Art Parcours 2012, the artist Aleksandrya Mir presented her sculpture La 600, an homage to Gabriel Orozco’s 2003 artwork La DS, a slimmed Citroën DS automobile. Aleksandra Mir’s version is a based on a Fiat Seicento, the car she used as regurlar car during her Sicilian residency (2005-2010).
“What makes La 600 different from La DS, is not only that the former mimics the latter but also the purpose and quality of its realization; what was, in La DS, the result of an excellent design operation, for La 600 it is above all the violation, transformation and ultimate reinvention of a personal object. If a car is the metallic and technological embodiment of it’s owner, La 600 is inherently linked to Aleksandra Mir’s everyday life and experience during her Sicilian years, a relation not only functional but also deeply affective. Ultimately, the transformation of the car is the last and sentimental homage to the 600 itself, a car model that first and foremost represents working class aspirations, cramped family vacations, an insatiable desire for a better life.” (excerpt from the press release).
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