UNTITLED. 1968. UNIQUE BISCUIT BOX WITH CAGES OF HAIR, BLOODY PLASTER AND “BOULE” AS WELL AS SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH.
Paris: s.p. (Boltanski), 1968
18 x 24 x 24cm two part rusted (as issued) tin two biscuit box content of three home-made wide cages (chickenwire) containing the artist's hair, a ball of dirt (one of many such "boules" that Boltanski made almost compulsively during that time and a bloody elastoplast (the artist's blood). Additionally there is a signed photograph of the whole box. The bottom of the box has the text: " EMBALLAGE PERDU / PLOI STRICTMENT INTERDIT" which translates roughly to "LOST PACKAGING / STRICTLY PROHIBITED SHIPPING".
This was one of a number (Boltanski claims around 30) such boxes that he created (each unique) and gave as gestural gifts to friends, collectors and even strangers. In VG+ condition.