Talía Falcón Nizarane


Installation - 2020
A thousand hand-cut pinewood blocks, platform.320324
Variable cm
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Artwork Statement

The artwork reflects on the malleability, yet rigidity inherent to written language and in the complexity it brings into human relationships in times of crisis. It comments on its power to continually re-shaping itself, building up new imaginaries, and influencing our lives in determining ways.

It all started with the posters I faced when going from Switzerland to The Netherlands. “Stay at home, save lives” sounds like a universal quote. But what to do when one does not have a place to call “home” where to “stay at”? Or when a bigger threat coexists with you inside?

From the biggest poster hanging on the street to the tiny words written in our passports, language shapes the world around and inside every one of us. It decides which doors we can open, and which must still remain closed.

I placed the blocks on top of each other to form letters and words. Each word had the potential to become a different one just by adjusting the arrangement of the blocks, which I did for several days until a list was complete.