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Panta Rei (Everything Flows)
- PANTA REI : EVERYTHING FLOWS
2012. Size variable. Single channel or projection.
First presented at:
The Fourth State of Water: From Micro to Macro.
Center of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland.
Exhibition Catalog >pp. 36,37,38
An endless amount of trash flowing towards the viewer in perpetual motion.
Water is a medium of communication, the movement that brings to the surface what was underneath, and carries it with it. The river is then a metaphor of a passage, a course that can bridge two worlds, a transmitter. It can carry you to the other side but can’t take you back. It has been often referred to as a metaphor of time. “You cannot step into the same river twice”, said Heraclitus. In Dante’s Divina Commedia, the river Acheronte provides a passage to the souls of the dead, the definitive route into the underworld.
The animation is rendered with a cartoonish look to emphasize the contrast between the seemingly innocent style of the image, and the seriousness of the content.
In my mind this project is not meant just as a local socio-political commentary, but it assumes a larger connotation. It is a metaphor of the passage we are facing epochally, with water at the center of the struggle for sustainability and the choices we make or don't make.
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