Exports uses photographs taken by Jake Tilson in three flea markets.
Each image shows the pavement on which goods are laid out emphasing
the public nature of the activity and allowing the objects some space
to be seen. The photographic procedure of framing the image was repeated
in each location.
In one sense Invisible Exports is another method of producing a collage
- using the juxtaposition of photographic images rather than buying
the objects and creating three-dimensional works from them - which Tilson
spent fifteen years doing. He now comes away from a flea market with
used rolls of films rather than a bag of objects.
The title of the work comes from a sub title of another work called
Stock Exchange (Invisible Exports) which consisted of 200 plastic, shoping
carrier bags mounted on a wall - collected from 50 cities. Stock Exchange
also dealt with another marginal aspect of the retail world.