Tina Tahir at the Arte Laguna Prize, Arsenale, Venice, March 19 - April 3, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Tina Tahir’s The Impossible Alignment of two Fragments in close Approximation made it into the Finals for the Arte Laguna Prize in the installation/sculpture category, and will be exhibited at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy, March 19-April 3, 2016.

Arte Laguna Prize is an international art award, aimed at enhancing Contemporary Art. The Prize obtained a medal from the President of the Italian Republic, with the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cà Foscari University of Venice among others. http://www.artelagunaprize.com/archive/10th-edition/finalist-artists

Catalog Text

Drawing on the Gestalt theory’s notion of the “unified whole” and the idea that we frequently perceive separate elements as being joined together, The Impossible Alignment of Two Fragments in Close Approximation is about the contemplation of missing parts, probabilistic fates, destined events, and miscellaneous unknowns, for we rarely see a carpet in its entirety, as often large parts of it are covered by furniture or other, random objects. We thus ought to imagine, or stitch-together, the pattern that’s concealed underneath—filling in the blanks.

These walkable fragments temporarily inhabit and transform the gallery space, while simultaneously conjuring their own disappearance, as they gradually disintegrate under the footsteps of the audience. For gravity alone holds the two together.

To be able to walk on an artwork, to damage it, to even commit art-theft, in the most literal sense, is an attempt to depart from the general “hands-off”-protocol of galleries and museums. Their titles, generated from their geographical GPS coordinates, remain the only existential anchors of their vanished physical appearances.

The Impossible Alignment of Two Fragments in Close Approximation, Spices and Fluorescent Pigments, 2015