About 12,000

Unbleached cotton, acrylic, 150x300cm, 2016

This textile piece has 12,000 printed logos of the closed textile mill, the number of employees worked there at its best times. The famous textile mill, bankrupted in 2009, was a significant enterprise in the town throughout the 150 years of its existence. Since 2014, I have been collecting interviews with former workers, their digitised family albums and various donated objects. One of the objects I got was a stamp with the Soviet logo of the mill. This one or some other stamps were used at the control check department for marking the rejected pieces of the produced fabrics. So, I stamped this logo 12,000 times thinking of each worker, who lost their jobs including my own parents, who used to work there.