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Norens (for Derry)

Commissioned Installation for Kills 99.9% of Bacteria at CCA Derry~Londonderry

Norens for Derry
Lime, fibreglass, horsehair and wood mounted on ceiling

Norens (for Derry) is my first site-specific installation which explores the CCA gallery space as liminal experience extended from the Derry City Walls. Opposed to the Wall as a manifestation of closed system of both protection and alienation, the installation seeks to dissolve the material suggestion of social hierarchy by deconstructing the components of traditional masonry wall and displaying them in space to allow for new meanings and interpretations. The installation is expressed in reference to Noren, an architectural dividing element used in Japan for filtering external substances - sunlight, wind, and dust and signifying a change in spatial identity, and is here arranged to generate ambiguous edges in the exhibition space. As constituent parts of mortaring and plastering structure, lime, fiberglass and horsehair are presented as norens to reexamine the idea of porosity, breathability and strength. They are staged to be distinct entities separating from and disowning their belonging identity.

Work in progress images by author

This work is commissioned for CCA Derry~Londonderry’s exhibition Kills 99.9% of Bacteria, a group exhibition exploring encounters with otherness which includes work by Kate Cooper, French & Mottershead, Edy Fung, Jasmin Marker, Jennifer Mehigan & Darius Ou, and Roee Rosen. Curated by Alissa Kleist, the new and existing video, audio and installation works in this exhibition consider ideas of purity, containment, contamination and desire. Kills 99.9% of bacteria invites us to examine filth and abjection – and acknowledge the material, technological and intangible barriers in our vicinity and elsewhere. It proposes different ways to reconnect with the body, and with the non-human entities that occupy it and the world around us.

20th Janurary - 10th March 2018
Centre for Contemporary Art
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Image Courtesy of Paola Bernardelli

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