The project“Bucharest, Roadblock” was realised in 2010-2011 during my studies at l’ecole d’art de Grenoble, within the workshop entitled «Cosmetique et politique» (coordinators: Abdelkader Damani, Slimane Rais).
The space that I crossed every day during the realisation of this project, between the residence of the Rabot and ESAG (l’Ecole Superieure d’Art de Grenoble) was superimposed to that I practiced once in Bucharest. I always seem to live simultaneously in two spaces: one of the present, Grenoble, and the past one, Bucharest. I decided to work on this memory recreating an imaginary map of my Bucharest. By tracing from memory my usual itinerary in Bucharest, I`ve then superimposed it on the map of the city of Grenoble and Bucharest (the real map), having as unique central landmark my two places of residence (current and previous ones).
Walking on this road I taped all the elements that were the subject of my own territory. The scotch became a metaphor for the memory of an imaginary space that I trace in real space. An invisible line linking the walls, streets, garbage cans, storefronts, homes, shops, apartments, museums, community centers, trees, rivers (…)
Sometimes the tape flies out its own will, without me being able to control it, to bring it down, to lift it, nor to make it appear, or even make it disappear ….
INSTALLATION OF THE VIDEO
The video was so far showed in two different installation views.
Firstly, I put the projected video in relation with a sort of a scotch tape ‘mural artwork’ with all the superimpositions of real and fictive maps.
Secondly, I decided for a more simple installation view, having the video shown in a small TV and the exhibition room’s space half obstructed by duct tape.