Aleksandra Mir

Souvenir

PARIS—Africans seeling Asian souvenirs to American tourists all surround the Eiffel tower. The souvenirs are massproduced but the twisted wire rings are handmade and unique sculptural forms that literally carry the seller's own narritives. I offerred to buy the whole rings for 20 - 40 Euro and was quickly surrounded by dozens of sellers who offered me their wares. They made the day's buck in an instant, enough for a night in a shelter and a meal. But i had to fight and bargain for their rings which were prized possessions. As next day, they would return and need them again.