From California-born, Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim, Captioning the City physically and poetically interpreted Manchester, its past, its present and its future, showing how we can perceive and recognise the places we occupy, translating individual experiences into universal understandings.
Consisting of giant, monochrome captions, we installed the artworks onto some of the city’s biggest landmarks, including the National Football Museum, YES MCR and Manchester Arndale. Whether sought out or discovered just by chance, each one invited people to consider their own experiences of Manchester, provoking them to re-examine the city in a different light.
Inspired by how the city stirs us, how it’s shaped in memories, and the emotions it draws, we took the project’s powerful, playful and political messages to the streets in installation form. Drawing on her own life experiences and understanding of Deaf culture, Christine’s taglines encapsulated Manchester in a brand-new dimension.