Photographs from the mini installations of the "Little People Project"
Maybe social media isolating us
; or maybe it's just another barely effective way we try to resist the atomism
endemic to the modern world. I'm not sure what Slinkachu
would think. The the U.K. street artist who previously brought you the Inner City Snail Project
, Slinkachu is outwardly no more invested in exploring the causes behind the modern condition than he is in advancing "solutions" to it. What he is interested in is expressing the solitary, uncertain, anxious side of contemporary life -- in a way that lets us share in some collective self-deprecating irony about it.
For the Little People Project
, something he's been up to since 2006, Slinkachu remodels and paints miniature model-train-set figures, leaving them on the streets of cities around the world and photographing them. "The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings," he says
. "The scenes I set up ... aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works."
Here are some shots, collected in the new book, Global Model Village
...The Food ChainGui Jie (Ghost Street), Beijing, China, 2011
The SightsThe Acropolis, Athens, Greece, 2010
All-Star NobodyWilliamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
Early Mid-Life CrisisReichstag, Berlin, Germany, 2011
Damn KidsRathaus area, Stuttgart, Germany, 2011
Springtime in PalestineWest Bank separation wall, Bethlehem, Palestinian territories, 2012
Hanging OnMong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2011
All AloneVDNKh area, Moscow, Russia, 2012
VendettaBridgetown, Barbados, 2011
BrandedSaint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France, 2012
Slingkachu's exhibit at the Broome Street Gallery
in New York runs through this week.