Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Original sketch.

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Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Installation view, Vaasa City Library, Finland. Tec. info: handmade paper and cotton thread, metal pool and wax with pigment, 130cm(b)x250cm(h)x130(d)

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Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Installation view, Vaasa City Library, Finland. Tec. info: handmade paper and cotton thread, metal pool and wax with pigment, 130cm(b)x250cm(h)x130(d)

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Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Original sketch.

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'Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix', Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-22

​Art Installation with recycled books by Black Box Genesis team for Book - the Lafkan project

After the closure of the historic Lafkan antiques shop in Vasa, Art in Malakta rf got the opportunity to collect the books, offering the artists of the house the possibility to use them for artistic practices.

Black Box Genesis team included them not only as material in the installation, but decided to dedicate the project to this topic, examining its conceptual essence and technical peculiarities. The artist duo realized the art piece 'Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix' as a tribute to the shop founded 1971, but also to the printed book: in a physical and symbolical way, and the social aspects related to it.

The artwork consists of two paper ‘steles’ suspended above a ‘pool’ filled with black wax.

Between the weave of the paper and the folds that also mould human features, threads emerge from the bottom of the two subjects, immersing themselves in the wax. The threads connect the two entities, as information, words, ink, flowing between the two parts.
The wax, which looks like deep black water, is important for its property of being malleable and melting/crystallising very quickly. Like the ideas, thoughts and knowledge that the book helps to fill and shape, which can only be enriched (not to mention the indirect skills that reading brings).


Book like a full vessel, which empties itself and at the same time fills the reader in a communicative flow... transmitting information.
The choice of the number of ‘steles’ is in relation to the exclusive relationship that the person has with the book. Their experience will be guided by subjectivity and the personal sphere.
An intimacy that in this work becomes almost solemn.


The art piece also focuses on the technological part of the book: recycling the paper and using it to create the more physical and main part of the installation, which will also offer abstractions and precious details.

Partner & Collaborators: Malakta, Susanne Marins & Vaasa City Cultural Services | Supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, Vaasa City Cultural Services & Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse | Thank you to Platform, Margherita Labbe & Reza Effati.

 

 

Vasabladet 7.6.2022

Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization
Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization

Pictorial Installation, Pasila Urban Art Center - Helsinki Urban Art, group exhibition in March-April 2022. Detail.

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Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization
Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization

Pictorial Installation, Pasila Urban Art Center - Helsinki Urban Art, group exhibition in March-April 2022. Installation view.

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Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization
Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization

Pictorial Installation, Pasila Urban Art Center - Helsinki Urban Art, group exhibition in March-April 2022. Detail.

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Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization
Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization

Pictorial Installation, Pasila Urban Art Center - Helsinki Urban Art, group exhibition in March-April 2022. Detail.

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'Dialogue not just chromatic - Decentralization', pictorial installation 2022

In the pictorial installation, two descriptive levels intertwine, which together create an evocative and surreal composition. A vibrant dialogue, balanced between figuration and abstraction, between meaning and symbolism. The power of color is the protagonist. Between the black and white, dense and vibrant, the chromatic spectrum unrolls, taking shape and movement in the material folds that unravell from the compositional fulcrum. These reliefs, seen as ripples of the psyche, extend into reverberations of light that lead to the illustrative part of the work. Expressive images, clearly represent two zoomorphic characters who embody, silhouetted against a mental landscape, psychic instances. An absorbed and sleeping 'I' almost mirrors an alert Unconscious, in a play of reflections, similarities, and contrasts. The shadows of one, are the lights in the other. Now the invisible is even sharper, that impalpable part of us has found the figurative dimension, wanting to bring out possible representations that can be traced back to our interiority

The art piece has been conceived and realised for the group exhibition at Pasila Art Center - Helsinki Urban Art, in Helsinki, open to the public in March and April 2022.

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