"The Arrival" by Rose Borchovski looks very surrealistic at the first moment, but has a RL background from her childhood. I made an interview with her for AVENUE magazine, which sadly will be published delayed this month. As soon as it is out, I will post here. It gives interesting insights in the creation process. Therefore I stuck for now with the well written invitation text:
The Susa Bubbles have caught a fish, while they admire how big it is, the fish dies. They wonder if they are to blame.
I grew up in a small village on the edge of the sea. Once every few years a big fish (small whale) would strand on our beach. And that was an enormous happening: THE ARRIVAL, this giant big fish lying on the beach, its weight made it impossible to breath, longing for the water, overheated by its own fat, trapped in the sand, slippery and smelly. We would climb all over it, standing on top of its belly, poking it with sticks, jumping up and down for pictures, while the whale was slowly dying under our feet. The beach would turn into a fancy fair, good business for local kibbling (warm fish) and hot chocolate seller.
When the fish was finally dead, there was the grand finale. Men with big boots, shinny yellow raincoats and sharp knives would chop the bubbling and the now very smelly fish up into pieces. Looking at it made our hair smell for weeks. As a child this left a huge impression on me. Why were we not able to carry the fish back into the sea? I wondered if we were to blame.
Christian explanation: do we need the fish to take over our sins?
Do we take more then we need, are we to blame?
|Pieter Brueghel the Elder, “Big Fish Eat Little Fish” (1556)|
Inspired by a painting: “Big Fish Eat Little Fish” by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
Grandibus Exigui Sunt Pisces Piscibus Esca.
Your story and enjoyment to discover the Fish."
The installation is highly interactive as usually with Rose's works. At the landing point you find a TP to the back of the fish. From there you can explore. Attention! Not only the fish is in danger to die ;)
And when you explore and find this beautiful work, don't forget that this is still available at the charity sale "Music Box fir Children" at Art India Gallery until January 22nd! (See details here.
Opening Saturday, January 11. at 1 PM SLT