This project indexes and aggregates all the portable objects mentioned in Marx and Engels’s Manifesto of the Communist Party. The things in the installation were acquired by both capitalist and pre-capitalist means (i.e. some were bought and some were made, others were expropriated, gifted, or borrowed). They have been literalized and arranged as they occur in the text, providing a material experience of the manifesto and an opportunity to imagine new relationships between objects. As fascism is on the rise in the world, the present moment seems particularly ripe for re-reading and re-imagining communistic futures.
*painting of Fourier's utopia by Megan Hanley
**exhibition photos by Mario Gallucci