From an Area of the Republic of Cyprus in which the Republic of Cyprus Does Not Exercise Effective Control

The succinct collection of objects gathered here share an important provenance, hailing from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, an area of the Republic of Cyprus in which the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control. Associated primarily through this common point of origin, they are also remarkable in their presumed anonymity: each was manufactured on an assembly line through a combination of untraceable labor and a myriad collection of unidentifiable tools. Although generic in appearance, a closer look reveals an aversion to ubiquity: each object should be distinguished by some unique marking, be it a serial number, a factory seal, or trace of original packaging that ties both material and intellectual value to a time and place. But these points of origin are as hazy and provisional as the objects’ artwork status, itself contingent on precise temporal and spatial limitations.

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