SQUARE FOR DISAPPEAR PEOPLE (Shanghai, 2007)
Someone disappears from our neighbourhood every day. Sometimes they forget to come back to where they live, or they don’t want to return home. Maybe they wanted to try something new or somebody decided that they weren’t needed anymore. Or they could be exchanged for something else… Who knows? They have disappeared.
The Square for Disappeared People is a proposal in which the artist analyses the idea of the role of society in relation to missing persons. The work coexists with the notion of physical disappearance – whether it is someone’s personal decision or they are forced, by death or any other event – and everyday activities that still form part of this society.
This art project was conceived for public space, ideally to be produced in a plaza of a big city, where 365 black chairs will be laid out. Each chair will be carved with a date corresponding to one day of the year (from January 1st to December 31st), as each one remembers the day on which an anonymous person disappeared somewhere in the world.