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Bridget Baker; The Blue Collar Girl (Durban), triptych
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Lot 41

South African 1971-
The Blue Collar Girl (Durban), triptych
each signed and dated 2006; each inscribed with the artist's name, title, date, medium and numbered 1/8 on a João Ferreira Gallery label adhered to the reverse

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Bridget Baker Official BB Project, signed by the artist and dated 29 May, 2009.
lambda print and diasec at Grieger, Dusseldorf, Germany
60 by 241.5cm excluding frame

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Estimate R 90 000 - 120 000

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The Blue Collar Girl series is a performative installation project that takes place in different locations throughout the world. It culminates in a three-piece photographic installation. The project involves the actual placement of the character, The Blue Collar Girl, as both a creative force and a blue-collar worker within a cityscape. The Blue Collar Girl wears a chroma-key blue coat, and a black wig that is styled according to the 1950s. In the last shot of the performative documentation, the blue-collar girl leaves her uplifting and motivating slogan behind in various ways. “Only you can©”, a mark of her existence and also an embodiment of a liberated ethos.

To date The Blue Collar Girl project has taken place in Cape Town (South Africa) 2004, Ghent (Belgium) 2004, Maputo (Mozambique) 2005, Delhi (India) 2005, Durban (South Africa) 2006 and Valais (Switzerland) 2006-7.


João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town.

Private Collection.

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