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Le 5ème Quartier by Anne Couillaud

Le 5ème Quartier

Leather manufacturers discard scarred pieces of skin. By using this leather Anne Couillaud aims to restore its value and create awareness of what causes the damage. Since tanneries depend on contemporary meat production techniques, scarred leather is appearing more and more frequently. In the first vessel, she combines leather with a vegetable material to recall hay puncturing the skin. The metal ‘bone structure’ beneath the second evokes the stretched skins found in the slaughterhouse. The third combines tough leather with soft lambskin as a reminder of the crossbreeding process.

Anne Couillaud