Lost Filofax
© David Shrigley

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Lost Filofax 1998
  • Scottish Art
This photograph came about when the artist was given a new filofax for Christmas in 1997 and was unsure how to dispose of his old one. He removed all the references to himself, wrote a message on its cover then left it on the pavement outside his house where he took this photograph. The filofax was returned to him twice via friends whose contact details were in the address section. Part of Shrigley’s art involves artistic ‘interventions’ into public space, often through notices and signs, which are designed to disconcert the public in a humorous way. In this case, he was interested in the fact that people did exactly the opposite of what the message asked, namely returning the filofax to him.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4241
  • Medium Cibachrome print (7/10)
  • Size 25.30 x 25.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1998