At Home Paris

At Home Paris 1.1

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Description: The text: ‘À la maison Paris’ (At Home Paris) was stenciled onto a pillowcase and then placed in fifteen different sites across the city where homeless people had left their belonging or sleeping items.  The legitimation by authorities of this public space occupation by the homeless population seemed in contrast to the otherwise manicured and to an extent manufactured tourist driven scenes of Paris.  Similarly, the words- 'Good Night Paris' (Bonne Nuit Paris) and 'Sleep Well Paris' (Dors Bien Paris) were cut from second hand clothing and adhered to the surface of pillows.  These pillows were then positioned next to domestic sleeping items such as bedding, bags, blankets and pillows that had been left on the streets of Paris.  



© Astra Howard 2014