things&people simply aims to show what things mean to people.
There are no criteria for the choice of object. It can be anything from the most poignant talisman of someone loved to the funny and the willfully ugly. This means that many of the featured things don’t neatly answer the question “What would you rescue in a fire?”. Instead, what binds the objects to their owners is the feelings and memories they engender.
The intention is to demonstrate that things are meaningful; unsullied by judgments of being, at best, distracting clutter or, at worst, evidence of unbridled consumption.
Many of the objects are handmade, passed down or found and are each as unique as their owners. Behind each object lies a wealth of stories, associations and feelings. Their effect can be as instantaneous as that of a particular smell – from a balm to soothe grief, to a smile that’s impossible to suppress, to the unfettered feeling of being a kid.
The objects offer an insight into their owners and their owners offer an insight into the objects.