Unlike earlier generations, these movements are connected, informed and creative – they know that time is running out. One of their shared actions is the closing of roads, whether through sheer number of people gathered together or with the use of other devices such as overturned burning bins or water canisters. Both practical and symbolic, these gestures stop the ordinary day-to-day flow of life in the city. By blocking movement, they create spaces for conversation and togetherness. Though these actions are disruptive in the short term, they are intended to draw attention to the more significant long term shifts and changes that will take place if our attitudes do not evolve. They provide a stark and powerful warning: without adjustment, life as we know it will not continue.
Made of clay, the work recreates a scene of disorder, stopping unconscious movement through our ordinary, unaware day-to-day lives. By re-appropriating and overturning common and unremarkable artifacts such as bins, the work causes a re-assessment of the daily structures we take for granted.
A natural material, clay is both an old resilient material still discovered during archaeological excavations, telling us the story of time, yet an ephemeral and fragile one as well – it can break into pieces and return to earth. By bringing together these two distinctive qualities of clay, the work depicts is both a historic and precarious moment in the story of humanity.