Thursday, June 25, 2009
Collaboration with Arielle Narva and Zac Singer for "The Casera Era" Project (Caseraera.blogspot.com).We created an 80-page handbound book full of pockets, prints, and text centered around the theme of "home". See our statement from the project below.
Home is the space we make our own, where we create something familiar and comforting. It is a concept characterized by fluidity, open and different throughout the world, yet something every human identifies with in some way. Georges Perec said, "To live is to pass from one space to another." This notion of passing through space, of cultivating home through our stories, through the lives we weave with our loved ones and our shared environments, is ultimately what we cherish most, but can also be most fragile. First there was Faye, then Ike and Gustav, and finally Paloma: the hurricane season of 2008 devastated Cuba and its surrounding areas, destroying homes and crumbling the structures, both literal and figurative, that they were built upon. We choose to share, to discuss, to exchange our stories in recognition and support of the necessity to rebuild old spaces, to recreate new homes. Where economic exchange is prohibited, we want to create dialogue, an exchange of informal and personal stories as a more authentic way of communicating. This book is an opportunity to do just this, to use art as a means of communication, of exchange. This book is an open window, an open door into our homes, into the material of our daily lives, into our families, ourselves and our surroundings. There is just one copy, only one of each story, as a way to emphasize the fleeting nature of home, specifically with these hurricanes in mind. Please take. Please share with us. Leave your own notes, stories, drawing, photos. Or just look. We welcome you.
The last 4 photos are some of the pages that got drawn and written on by people at the Biennial.
Posted by Liz Lake at 7:51 PM