Show & Tell is my thesis I completed in my final year at OCADU. Show & Tell was a year long self initiated study investigating the relationship we have with our objects and the narratives they create for us.
I held a bartering fair in which people exchanged old belongings that they no longer needed, without focusing on its monetary value. Instead of being abandoned or disposed of, these unwanted objects could continue to create new meanings with the new owner. I transformed our University's lobby into an inviting atmosphere; a fusion between a living room and a flea market. I wanted to recreate the intimate, comfortable living space that we are all so accustomed to but at the same time bring in the chaos prevalent in flea markets. Although there would only be one recipient of each object, the story attached would be read by several people. I created this event as a place for people to start a conversation and share experiences, where the objects brought in acted a container for these stories.
Photography: Emily Soo, Sayeda Akbary, Maggie Chan