As a consequence of Brexit, the UK may be affected by higher import tariffs and limited export quotes when trading with the EU. In an attempt to alleviate the concerns over Britain’s international trade prospects, Landy has appropriated one of the few remaining Soviet era news kiosks in Riga, Latvia; turning it into a functioning, trading shop annexed to the UK. Painted in the unmistakeable colours of the Union Jack, Open for Business will sell typical British goods and Landy’s own brand of Brexit themed merchandise: from breakfast tea, to magnets, key rings, tea towels, tote bags and mugs. Landy takes politicians at their word that Britain remains “open for business”. Landy himself will be manning the kiosk during the first days of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Images: Michael Landy, Open for Business, Year 2018; Medium Site specific temporary installation; Dimensions Variable; Courtesy The artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Image Open for Business (sketch), Location A Former Faculty of Biology, Outdoor Artwork
Michael Landy: Open for Business
At Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art
In the grounds of the former Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia
2 June – 28 October, 2018
Open: Wednesday – Sunday