UN MOMENT INCONDITIONNEL
6 June - 25 July 2009
installation - video
Opening 6 June 17.00 – 20.00
People move around, pass each other by, exchange glances without seeming to really see each other. Sometimes, but only sometimes do these glances meet each other and impressions are exchanged in a few seconds. The intensity of these brief moments of contact intrigues Marisol Ferradás. By means of her projects in the public domain she approaches strangers, so as to gain insight into people and the experience of space and time.
For the exhibition ‘Un moment inconditionnel' Marisol Ferradás carried out a trajectory of events, starting with ‘l'arbre aux secrets' (the tree of secrets). In April 2007, passers by in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam were asked to write down a personal experience that they would want to record for eternity. The unread texts were placed into little earthenware pots and sealed. These pots would later be buried in one of the world's great deserts. Before Ferradás travelled to the Thar Desert in India, the jars with their mysterious contents shone for a year in the light of the sun and the moon in a tree constructed in her home.
This project is all about the intensity of the direct moment, the passer by as protagonist and personal experiences that are displaced and extended. It introduces a new relationship between past, present and future. There is undoubtedly no connection between the point where the action has its origin and the final destination. Consciousness of time disappears and is replaced by an unconditional moment - ‘un moment inconditionnel'.
The tree construction ‘l'arbre aux secrets' will be installed in the gallery during the exhibition, together with the video ‘un moment inconditionnel' about the journey through the desert and the burying of the jars.
During this journey the photographer Catherine Libeert captured images of the sheltering loneliness and beauty of the desert.
The proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to an orphanage in India: www.vanakam.be