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- 10sqm -

 

 

2020,

impregnated spruce wood, linen cord,

neoprene fabric, 100x100cm (each)

 

The 10-part installation of neoprene and impregnated spruce wood, each measuring 100x100cm, presents a black unpainted canvas or a water-proof raft. Here, Arhun Aksakal plays with the ambiguity of the object and addresses the speculation in the real estate sector as well as in the geoecological challenges for the future.

-Cesare Sartori (SdS IUAV)

 

10sqm is the area on which the artist lives during his stay in Venice. Due to the functionality of the materials, they can be used variably as objects. The intention was to construct a weatherproof canvas as well as a raft that can float on water, adapting it to local circumstances. The individual objects as well as the entire installation can be perceived as an imag- inary surface that simultaneously represents a path or an undefined space.

The single objects are one square meter.

This unit of measurement refers to the real estate sector, as it breaks down the price of a square meter. The majority of buyers acquire properties as capital investments and often rent hem out to tourists. The noticeable growth in tourist numbers, in the recent years, has led to an increase in property prices and living costs.

 

Despite the recent catastrophes pressing on the market, these investors force people to leave their homes. The moments in which the whole city will be under water will become ever so frequent. It is admirable how strong-willed the Venetians currently are and how they carelessly pursue their daily routines. However, this temporary resistance will not be enough to hold off a permanent flood. Similar to the 1819 painting "The Raft of Medusa", by the french romantic Théodore Géricault, which captures the moment of a brutal historical incident, the raft/painting with its black neoprene is supposed to be an affront against the corrupt government. It is a sign of resistance. It should recall the political scandal around the “acqua alta”.