RIVER-POOL

30 May

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– 6 July

2017



River-pool – Giudecca

is a playfully titled, spectacle-centred temporary spatial installation. At first glance, this site-specific work, which adheres to no strict physical parameters, appears like an inviting visual treat rather than a difficult mental training exercise.

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THE INSTALLATION

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The spherical fender buoys transformed into enormous pool balls are gently rocked by the movement of the water or follow the ripples of boats passing by. The ball sport of bocce originated from Italy. It later spread to all corners of the world in various forms, and was widely enjoyed within various social classes.

In my installation, the set of pool balls is supplemented by two white balls and emblems on their sides. In Venice, the lion, in Szentendre, the anchored, Patriarchal cross, are emblematic centuries-old symbols which suggest a multi-layered parallel between the connected histories of these two merchant cities. They allude to commerce on water and the rich cultural legacy that bloomed from it; they point to a common link of the past and call for a quality of receptivity in the present.

The depictions of Giudecca and its environs are among the best-known renditions of the Venice cityscape. During the summer season, it is this panorama that River-pool – Giudecca aims to playfully enrich with its colourful pool balls.

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