Shimambuku and the street vendors

Japanese-German artist Shimambuku wanted to travel to Moscow long time ago. After coming here the last year, the street vendors who sit right on the sidewalk don’t surprise him anymore. Moreover, they even inspired him to make a project for the Impossible Community.
On the 6th of July the artist decided to explore the streets of Moscow to find these “archaic businessmen” that amazed him so much. This time it wasn’t so easy to find them, but then Shimambuku finally met the main character of his project – a man was sitting on the asphalt and in front of himthere was a 1.5-meter long piece of cardboardwith some goods on it: old boots, a big and bulky calculator from the last century, books of absolutely different genres and other things whose meaning sometimes was totally incomprehensible.
When the artist asked the seller about the price of the whole collection, he answered: “One hundred rubles”. Absolutely dumbfounded Shimambuku paid 1000 and asked what this man was going to sell tomorrow. “I still have a lot of things to sell”, - the street vendor reassured him.
“Even after selling out everything, he didn’t go away. He continued to sit on the ground. I think the price and the amount of the goods that he sells are not so important for him – he just enjoys sitting on the street. Obviously he didn’t want to go home”, - the artist said. – “When I was in Moscow the last time I saw even more men like this. I guess the police get rid of the street vendors. So it’s possible that I succeeded to engrave one of the last representatives. Who knows, maybe when I come back the next time I won’t find anyone. In this case everything that I bought and filmed that day will be the evidence of this time period”



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