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I Wish Your Wish, 2003
screenprinted textile ribbons, drilled holes in wall
Collection Juan and Patricia Vergez, Argentina, and Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna
The wishes of various people are printed on textile ribbons, which relate to the church Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in São Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The ribbons are worn around the wrist where they are tied with three knots. A wish is made as each knot is tied. According to the tradition, the wishes come true when the ribbons tear apart and fall off the wrist. Visitors are welcome to take a ribbon and leave a wish behind. Wishes are collected and used to print new ribbons for the wall.