Collective exhibition “GOOD WALLS MAKE GOOD NEIGHBOURS”
Valletta International Visual Arts Festival 2015, curated by Raphael Vella
4.2m x 2.4m x 0.24m
Timber, mirror, paint, lights, projection with text-work by Bettina Hutschek
The installation is based on the principle of a contemporary dry-wall structure and delves into the idea of what might be on “the other side”. It plays with the inherent elements of dry-wall structures: hidden cavities, functional supports and mass-produced stylized ornaments.
As a structure, a wall isolates a place and articulates relationships between inner and outer. It organizes the world of men between heaven and earth. A wall divides power, hides secrets, separates bodies, provides security and expresses identity.
The accompanying projected text piece suggests stories hidden within and beyond the wall, and sets a dialogue in motion between the inner and outer, structure and ornament, ideal and appearance.
“Behind the wall, an alarm goes off.
Behind the wall, a coffee is brewed.
Behind the wall, the smell of chicken and garlic is lingering on.
Behind the wall, the one-eyed kid is playing by himself.
Picture and drawing credits: Luis Rodríguez and Tom Van Malderen