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Song Dong: Waste Not
15 February 2012 - 12 June 2012
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'The installation is infinitely photogenic, endlessly distracting. It comes with a gripping backstory'
Time Out ★★★
Chinese artist Song Dong turns clutter into artwork'
- BBC London
'A life told in stuff. Most of it useless and unlovely, and yet strangely affecting'
'Song's installation is a more involving and reflective experience'
'This is a special collection. It has been gathered together with love'
The Financial Times
'Creating a work called
... the slogan was drummed into the Chinese population during the cultural revolution: nothing was thrown away in case it could be used later'
'Beautiful and obsessive, it has the power of appeal for all of us'
- The Flaneur
'Song Dong's Waste Not at the Barbican – in pictures'
- The Guardian
'It’s true – my art is a load of rubbish'
- The Sun
'My favourite object is the soap... My mother collected the soap during the time of the Cultural Revolution and some pieces are older than me'
- Dazed Digital
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