Slinkachu‘s ‘Global Model Village’ series is a continuation of his ‘Little People Project’ which has been ongoing since 2006. These days his work is famous. His miniature street art scenes, the tiny dioramas that he situates in everyday places are known throughout the World. His work replicates the everyday activity people undertake in the city such as the school run, going to church, a brothel, looking for food, eating and so on. Each installation depicting the vagaries of life, what it means to be human, to live, to suffer, to be part of society.
Like his previous series the installations are built, photographed and abandoned, left to look after themselves. The document of his work is then exhibited in the hope that we gain a new perspective on our own isolation and melancholy which often seems part and parcel of the modern condition. These projects are always done with a sense of humour and that is precisely the reason they have succeeded in capturing the imagination of people all over the world. It’s a great idea. A simple conceit and a very effective means to tell the story of us.
Here’s what Slinkachi says about his work:
The ‘Little People Project’ started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place, photograph and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.
You can see his latest series from 27th September – 27th October at The Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, Knightsbridge, London