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Confiscation Cabinets: An Archive Of Toys Taken From London Schoolchildren Over Three Decades
November 29, 2013
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Guy Tarrant is a contemporary artist working in London, U.K. But he's also been a school teacher for over 15 years, and like most teachers, he's had to confiscate a thing or two from his students when those objects become a distraction. In "Confiscation Cabinets," a new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London, he pulls together toys, games, keepsakes and weapons confiscated over the last three decades by teachers at 150 different grade schools and high schools in the London area. The eight cabinets are full of relics of a slightly earlier era, like a troll doll from 1998, a Mr. T action figure from the 1980s and a handheld video game device that a grade six boy didn't even retrieve because he was getting a new one with a colour screen (with the exception of weapons, the objects are all things the students had a chance to reclaim, but left behind). There are also more timeless schoolyard objects, like tennis balls, pages from diaries and hair accessories. The objects, Tarrant writes, are evidence of "playful activities that reject and evade rules, activities that are impulsive, free and with a touch of danger." Check out a selection of them in the gallery above.

Via Slate


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