That is Water, That is Earth
Curated by Mari Spirito
Marfa' Projects, Beirut, Lebanon
18 September - 22 December 2018
Marfa’ presents That is Water, That is Earth, a group exhibition of works by Caline Aoun, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Dala Nasser, and Zoë Pau.
Artworks in That is Water, That is Earth are linked by navigation of the conditions of our times, giving materiality to the immaterial aspects in our societies. Accompanying factors such as rapidly shifting societal and economic structures, as well as psychological and emotional aspects of this transition into the Digital Age, give way to these four responsive voices. Fluidity, in this case, a metaphor for ideas, information and historical time, is constant yet never the same, uncertain and layered.
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan will be exhibiting a new installation piece titled The Wanderer’s Storm-Song (2018), which takes its title from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem The Wanderer’s Storm-Song. In her installation, Büyüktaşçıyan spreads several stacks of domestic white pillowcases across the gallery floor. Each stack lifts up off the floor, revealing small brass feet. In this form, the pillowcases become waves, which are inspired by vibrations of memory and reflect movement of people throughout various times in history. Each object, made of a material formerly used to rest your head, to dream, has been transformed into the curl or break of a wave. The white foam of crashing wave signals the moment when the energy of the wave comes in contact with land and becomes another kind of energy. Looking at Büyüktaşçıyan’s work through the lens of geological time, we ask: What has happened here before us? What will happen after us? Sensitivity to urban transformation and disappearance of populations bring to the surface invisible cycles as well as our shifting attitudes towards them.