Negative Transport

When the containers on articulated lorries ‘die’ they appear on the edges of roads and in fields as the ‘blank spaces’ of mobile advertising hoardings. These containers have been central to the globalisation of capitalism. They are the mechanised form of transportation that speeds up the movement of goods across the world. From the stacking of container ships to the unloading at docks, the metal box has been instrumental in transforming our lives; they’ve changed relations between organised labour in ports, moved the products of global industrialised capitalism, hidden asylum seekers, held prisoners in Iraq…

This series of photographs show the afterlife of these coffin like boxes. The large-scale photographs show these incongruous objects as they appear in the ‘borderline’ spaces on the edges of English roads and fields emblazoned with the cryptic slogans of graffiti and advertising.

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