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In Detroit, Finding Art on the Shelf at Your Local Bodega

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A report by Bridget Read for Vogue.

Lucia Hierro is determined to turn your beloved bodega—that irreplaceable New York institution—into a source of artistic inspiration, too. The Bronx-based Hierro, an artist and lifelong New Yorker, creates precious artifacts out of the items we consume every day and that we would usually throw away or wear out, turning bottles, cans, clothing, and magazines into both glorified relics and outsize, ridiculous objects of infatuation. Under her gaze, the ephemera of capitalism is destabilizing rather than familiar—do we really love what we buy, or do we buy things because we need love?

“Mercado,” Hierro’s first solo gallery show in New York, at Elizabeth Dee gallery in Harlem, anticipated fashion’s recent turn to anti-luxury, and included massive transparent shopping bags filled with familiar objects rendered in fabric, curated to tell the personal stories of the absent consumers. In one, Hierro…

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