Epic Hoarding: "Waste Not" by Song Dong at the Museum of Modern Art

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"Waste Not," Song Dong, 2005.

Currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is the installation "Waste Not" by the Beijing-based artist Song Dong. A collaboration conceived of with his mother, Zhao Xiangyuan (1938-2009), the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years, including the wooden frame of her house. Song's mother, typical of the generation that lived through the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 70s, abided by the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or "waste not." The installation, ranging from bottles and pots to blankets, egg containers, books, shoes, and styrofoam, forms a cityscape built out of the contents and baggage of the past.

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Video: Installation of Projects 90: Song Dong

Video: Interview With Song Dong

—Raphael Brion

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  1. Amazing.
    The video was wonderful. It's about her life story but also his. Very heartfelt.

  2. maxpickle

    Beautiful photos & touching video.Amazing story. Thanks for this.

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