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Around the World in 80 Washing Lines

“A social art project pegging us together, around the world, irrespective of who, what or where we are"

A photo of monks praying in unison in Lumbini, Nepal, the home and birthplace of Praying monks in Lumbini, Nepal - the birthplace of the Gautama Buddha

Image: Prayer flags in Nepal, reminiscent of laundry

Painting of abstract artist's contemporary work based on international art in Nepal

Image: Painting "Look! They Also Dry Their Clothes"

Image: Montage of washing line images from around the world


‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’ (#80WashingLines) is based upon the concept of humanity, connectedness and all that we have in common with each another. With the accessible image of clothes hanging out to dry, the project contains 80 visual stories of washing lines from 80 different countries around the world. Each image is accompanied by an extract of the person behind the washing line, derived from an interview conducted with the participant, providing a unique snapshot into their life.

As we live through global conflicts, we are all trying to find ways to connect with each other and the world around us. This project does just that. It is a simple yet poignant reminder of what connects us: the simple, essential activity of laundry, but also a whole lot more.

‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’ (#80WashingLines) has evolved over time. Please click below to read about each stage of this project.
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