Die Zeugen

Die Zeugen

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Die Zeugen March 2021 Artist's studio at Bülowstrasse 7, Urban Nation Berlin, Germany Site specific installation Raffia and metal rings Site specific dimensions 2021 Another work also deals with bearing witness. And here again, what occupies Berra is human beings’ relationship with the environment around them and with each other. Die Zeugen (The witnesses) is the title of her site-specific installation. It consists of twelve coneshaped objects that the artist made out of untreated, brown raffia fiber. The individual elements, some of which are larger than life-size, have been arranged into a group. Each object consists of bast fibers that run vertically and are fixed to a series of rings of varying diameter before converging in a point at the top. The intractable nature of the material invests the figures with a vital and dynamic quality, as if they were growing out of the ground. The artifact known as the Berlin Gold Hat inspired the artist to create this work. This Bronze Age headgear was presumably used in the context of cultic or religious rituals. However, its form can also be found in numerous other cultures as a cultic, decorative, or utilitarian object. Even the Christmas tree has a similar silhouette. The form is thus present and accessible in the cultural history of the world—just as the material used for her objects (fiber made from palm leaves) is to be found in nature. As a result, the installation is not only site-specific, but also global, and it develops its own distinctive poetry that touches viewers and draws them under its spell. (Kea Wienand) ​Projects realized during the artist residence in Berlin, thanks to Fresh A.I.R. Scholarship Program di Stiftung Berliner Leben in collaboration with Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art.

Die Zeugen

Giulia Berra
by Giulia Berra
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2021
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tags: lifestyle , natural resources in general , textile production , manufacturing , transportation

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