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Standby - © Paris Internationale
Standby - © Paris Internationale
Flo Kasearu
Standby, 2020

rubber boots, firefighter pants, 37x50x65 cm

“Standby” (2020) shows firefighter’s boots and trousers as they are typically laid out at a fire station. What appears to be carelessly discarded is a signifier of upmost readiness, making it possible for workers to put on the outfit the quickest way in case of an emergency. At the same time, the lack of activity suggests that the situation has been put on standby, reflecting the everyday reality experienced by those in lockdown. In a domestic setting, a pile of clothes can trigger an argument. Here, the artist highlights the rise in domestic violence cases during lockdown.

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