Kay Abude

Production Line (Mumbai)


Installation and performance: bamboo, rope, sand bags, hessian sacks, fluorescent lights, tables, plastic chairs, plywood, clamps, timber, paint, MDF, cardboard, foil containers, Indian marble, ceramic tiles, textiles, pen markers, scissors, thread 
6.3 x 1.5 x 2.7 metres

This project was developed for Powerplay, 2014 [en]counters in collaboration with Satellite Art Projects curated by Simon Maidment, and presented by ArtOxygen and Asia Art Projects in Mumbai, India, 11 – 20 January 2013.

Production Line (Mumbai), 2013 was presented in Mumbai for the fourth edition of [en]counters curated by Simon Maidment, Satellite Art Projects, Melbourne in collaboration with ArtOxygen and Asia Art Projects. The performance and installation was a restaging of an earlier work of the same name created by Abude in 2010. Four people dressed in uniforms worked on the production line ‘making money’ by cutting fabric the size of the 100 rupee bank note in a sequence of repetitive actions. Various types of fabric ranging from jute to silk were used to make currency and members of the public were encouraged to participate and become part of the labour process. All the materials used to construct the work were sourced from the city. The use of fabric in the installation and its chosen site along the sea front on the Carter Road Promenade referenced two historical economies of Mumbai – the textile and fishing industries. 


Kay Abude acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where she lives, learns, works and creates. She pays her respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

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