“Continuous Mile,” Liza Lou, 2006-8


Post-colonial Theory must have reached the art world sometime around 2000. I would guess that Liza Lou began work on this project in ~2005. The “Continuous Mile” is woven, braided, plaited filaments of what appears to be plastic — and yes, it is 5,289 feet long. According to the placard, while Liza Lou conceived of the project, the actual work was done by ~40 African women. I know this is supposed to evince a certain quality of consciousness, but the artwork is also eerily like the Iphone: invented in the USA, out-sourced, made of plastic, and an empty container. Is all of this irony intentional?

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