Pocket Folklore

2018
Found objects
Dimensions variable

The vitrines contain various objects fished out of the oil pool sculpture Matter and Mind by Noriyuki Haraguchi, permanently installed in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art since 1977. The objects are said to be thrown by visitors and the museum staff into the pool. Used engine oil has pickled them into an assortment of the contents of Tehranis’ pockets and the museum’s activities during the oil pool’s lifetime. They were found during the restoration of the artwork in October 2017, which was the subject of the film Mouthful.