Palimpsest of Power
Wood, stain-varnish, screws, rope and PVA glue
The structure takes the form of a pendulum and could be seen as having the shape of a head/bust, relating to the notion of portraiture in the form of figure-heads.
Utilising the negative space within the staircase as a ‘tower’, which is the symbol (and function) of power within the panopticon architecture - this is toppled and dragged down to the ground level. Leaving itself in a far more vulnerable position within this new hollow and line-drawing structure. Yet, a polar opposite interpretation of this installation is that rather than this ‘heavy’ mass is being exposed and unprotected, this pendulum could therefore act as a wrecking-ball due to the kinetic energy is can gain.
At the Mahalla Festival - Palimpsest, Greek Elementary School in Kurtulus, Istanbul
1st-10th September 2022
Supported by Arts Council Malta