JOS DE GRUYTER & HARALD THYS I Piccoli Pupazzi Sporchi di Pruppà at Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, Roma

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
I Piccoli Pupazzi Sporchi di Pruppà
2015
installation view

 

In 2012, 30 life-size puppets were made from jute and straw. This number grew to 54 in the course of 2013. This series of puppets was called Die Schmutzigen Puppen von Pommern, after a region extending across northern Germany and Poland. In the spring of 2015 it was decided that a large number of small puppets were to be manufactured from the same material, providing that each should not exceed 35 cm and have a totally different char- acter from one another. A team of six people worked on this series for about 3,000 hours in a small workshop at the canal in Brussels. The undertaking was completed on November 13, 2015. The result was 164 puppets. The work was titled I Piccoli Puppazzi Sporchi di Pruppà, after a small hamlet in the southeast of Italy, not far from the town of Stilo.

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
I Piccoli Pupazzi Sporchi di Pruppà
2015
installation view

 

Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys
I Piccoli Pupazzi Sporchi di Pruppà
2015
Jute, fabric, straw, iron thread, and wood
19 11/16 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (50 x 20 x 20 cm)

 

Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys
I Piccoli Pupazzi Sporchi di Pruppà
2015
Jute, fabric, straw, iron thread, and wood
19 11/16 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (50 x 40 x 20 cm)

 

Sant’Andrea de Schapis – Via dei Vascellari 69 00153 Roma
21 November – 19 December 2015