Sophia Tabatadze

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Title: What We Thought Was A Wall Turned Out To Be A Curtain
Year: 2004
Size: Room installation
Material: Wood, fabric
Place: Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

What we thought was a wall turned out to be a curtain. And the converse was also true: the wall disappeared but a stronger wall remained, the one that exists in our minds – a transparent veil you can’t see through, the wall that turns into a curtain, the curtain that is sewn shut on both sides. Among the questions I asked myself in this piece were, how much can one really see of the other side, and how much of this is what one wants to see? Can I face my image of the other side being destroyed, or do I still think I can build my own home anywhere I start working and creating things around me? Will creating things this way help? Or is it just a form of escape - of creating my own miniature world and seeing everything in its terms? This work deals with the human body placed in new surroundings, and the relation of human beings to their lived space. It is concerned with how human beings change their surroundings to suit themselves, with what happens to them during this process, and how the body itself changes and becomes influenced by its surroundings.

To approach this theme, I put it in the context of Eastern and Western Europe, and of what happened when the old borders disappeared and the new ones emerged. To me, the east – west metaphor stands for how we tend to perceive the world only from our own viewpoint, and try to fit everything we see and experience into our pattern of thinking. Meanwhile, each side changes constantly and dramatically over very short periods of time, be it in respect of people, architecture or their respective social and political situations.

This form of this installation showed coexistence of order and chaos, the façade and what is hidden behind it, the orderliness and the mess. The wooden constructions demonstrated both these energies and the tension between them.