The International Villlage Shop doesn’t exist as a single shop, but through an expanding network of temporary and semi-permanent trading places. The products for the shop come from a wide range of sources and contributors, and are linked to the places where the shop takes place. They have a strong local narrative and identity, and are mostly developed collaboratively. The product development is rooted in stories, materials and skills that are particular to the village. The shop trades the products across cultural and language borders. Together with the products short film documentaries about their background are made.
The International Village Shop was set up as a joint initiativeby Myvillages, public works, Grizedale Arts and Somewhere. The idea derives from a residency by Myvillages at Grizedale Arts in 2007.
The shop has its own website: www.internationalvillageshop.net
Myvillages has been running the shop
at Intermedia Madrid
at Kunstverein Pforzheim
in Alt Gatow
at TENT in Rotteram
at Kartause Ittingen
at Jerwood Space
at the Royal Academy in London (together with public works)
during Campo Adentro in Madrid
in Santiago de Chile
at Tate Britain
at Lawson Park (together with Grizedale Arts)
in San Francisco
and in Fanas.