BrownTailor work space via intsight
Logo and fluorescent lamp signs designed for Publicus project, by Japanese design collective Nosigner.
I’m desperate from the project: Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that someone else wants you to say (1992-93), by British photographer / video artist Gillian Wearing. Standing in a busy area of South London, Wearing stopped passers-by and asked them to write down what was on their mind. With their permission, she then photographed them holding their statement.
In a 1996 interview Wearing described how ‘People are still surprised that someone in a suit could actually admit to anything, especially in the early 1990s, just after the crash… I think he was actually shocked by what he had written, which suggests it must have been true. Then he got a bit angry, handed back the piece of paper, and stormed off.’ (Unpublished interview with Marcus Spinelli, South Bank Centre 1997) via Tate
2011 series shot in a temporary food court set up inside Beijing’s Olympic Park, by photographer Anja Hitzenberger.
Sign at the Central Square in Chora, Patmos, where the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is located.
The sign reads: “Saint Lesbian Square, tiled by Theodoros N. Kokkinakis at 1904”
Though the word Lesbian originally means a female inhabitant of Lesbos, the letter “s” has been erased (by the Monastery?) to avoid any homoerotic misconception.
Ironically, due to the white brush stroke, the gay interpretation is even more obvious.
Photo by me. Sorry for the quality, but I (still) can’t afford an iPhone…
Check the sign before the censorship here.