A continuation of the 'Black Box' project...

 

These new wind-parks was not only going to ruin and scar the mountains forever, but is also a big threat to indigenous people living in the area and their reindeer-herding culture. What happens if memories, or even worse, a culture, disappears? Sometimes it feels like only once something is gone do we have the foresight to preserve it, at which point it is put in a museum displaybox, and we treasure it. And at which point it is too late. After several months carrying this black box up all these mountains, I burnt it, now the only remains of the memories from these mountains the black box had been to, lives in a jar of ashes.

 

For the group show 'Switch' I exhibited both the six photos from 'Black Box' and an installation consisting of a video projection showing the black box burning, with the dark and industrial sound of a wind-turbine in the background, and the ashes of the burnt box in a museum inspired glass display-box. All in a darkened room with the only light being the projection of the film and a small light inside the display- box lighting up the ashes. I removed all explanation about windmills and reindeer-herders, and used only the black box in itself as a symbol. In that way creating the feeling of some sort of sacred ritual. The photos was exhibited in a different room closer to the entrance of the gallery, so that the guests would have already seen and maybe gained a subconscious memory of the Black Box and and the mountain before finding the burnt ashes.

© 2020 Trude Bekk

Burning Memories,
2019

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What happens if memories, or even worse, a culture, disappears?

© 2020 Trude Bekk
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