This artwork relates to immigration experience in general and questions the new very fashionable term of « mobility » that an artists of today needs to consider crucial to get recognition from the art world.
I created an installation that is totally foldable, as an important purpose in the artwork, to facilitate its transportation from place to place. This piece taking place as “transportable art”, “adaptable art”, “fast-installed art”, as an answer to a fictive nomad-artist’s needs.
It is a set of seven sculptures made of paper, cardboard and prints, that expand when are unfolded, like Pop-up sculptures. The sculptures are about 1m2 each when expended and are displayed all over a space of 30m2 in order to create an environment that the visitor will cross through.
The action of walking of the visitor is a crucial part of the artwork that includes the experience of displacement in the perception and comprehension. It then needs to be displayed in a sufficiently large space to allow the visitor to walk in between the pieces.
The sculptures are on one side representing piles of stones, and on the other side clouds.
The pop-up-sculptures are displayed directly on the floor with the pictures oriented in the same direction, the stone side toward the entrance of the room, or opposit, depending of the specific denotation I choose to give alongside the artwork that is conceptualised to be fully adaptable, even in its multiplicity of connotations.
For the exhibition in the Palazzo of Zabbar in Malta, I choosed to display another small piece in a corner of the room, aiming to lead the visitors to walk between the stones, the only way to enable its full perception. On the way back, the visitor could discover the back side of the stones : clouds. From the heaviness, the lightness, from the sadness, the hope.
This installation refers to the old tale « Hop O’ My Thumb » written by Charles Perrault and published in 1697 that is based on ancestral old poetry.