The Wall

The Wall

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The Wall 1st November - 18th December 2020 Studio of the artist, Bülowstrasse 7, Urban Nation Berlin, Germany Site specific installation Fallen twigs collected at the Tiegarten in Berlin, nylon threads, nails Site specific dimensions 2020 During her Fresh A.I.R. residency, she wanted to explore Berlin on foot and develop her artworks on this basis. Directly before coming to the German capital in October 2020, she spent several months in an Italian region hit particularly hard by the pandemic. In Berlin the next lockdown was already looming. |...| In this city so famous for a wall, Berra responded by building precisely that, entitling her work The Wall. She gathered fallen twigs for it in the Tiergarten, carried them to her studio, and used them to construct an object resembling a reed fence. She lived with this porous and fragile, approximately 7×2 meter boundary for seven weeks. Extending diagonally across the room, it blocked Berra’s access to the windows, and she was forced to endure the emptiness of the space behind it (something also known as horror vacui in the context of art). Her feeling of being locked was thus further intensified. Using a natural material, she had created a situation that seemed entirely unnatural to her, but which she nonetheless had to endure. In this way, she artistically captured a feeling that presumably crept over many of us during the pandemic period, but only a few could express. (Kea Wienand) ​ Project realized during the artist residence in Berlin, thanks to the Fresh A.I.R. Scholarship Program by Stiftung Berliner Leben in collaboration with Urban Nation - Museum for Contemporary Urban Art.

The Wall

Giulia Berra
by Giulia Berra
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2020
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tags: biodiversity , ecosystems , plant life , upcycling , viruses

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