DARNING STATION -
'The Tears of Things' exhibition was a collection of images of broken objects and text, curated and hung by WHATCHAMACALLIT for the collective Café Morte: a group of artists researching and making work about mortality in many forms. The ‘broken object’ is defunct, purposeless, presumed dead. It is often disposed of and replaced; in the case of this collection the broken object is kept, repurposed at times but mainly just kept, perhaps hoarded out of sentimentality. In other cases they are kept with the intention of mending and in an exhibition that couples damaged objects and death this action is all the more poignant. For the opening night of the exhibition WHATCHMACALLIT set up the Darning Station: two comfy chairs, torn blankets and tapestry wool. The small domesticated area sat within yet at odds to the museum/ mausoleum tone of its surroundings. Here the pair sat amateurishly mending holes in worn blankets, performing an act of restoration amidst a catalogue of damage.