Tenq works

introduction

An exact replica of a 1976 house tent made with African fabric with a tailor in Senegal.


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I made a tent with a tailor from the local market in Saint Louis de Senegal. I met Yinka Shonibare at the workshop so I suddenly felt I was treading on his toes but at the same time I’d had the idea to use this fabric long before I knew his work. I had been working with my dad’s old house tent for ages, popping it up in several workshop projects, like at Shave, and in Plasy… In St Louis we worked in an empty school. I also made a piece cast from the enormous blackboard, including the chalked text of a senegalese philosopher,  using latex and paint which was then stretched on canvas….


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1995

Tenq, a Triangle Workshop part of Africa 95