Place, the end of one’s Journey
15 - 16 DECEMBER 2017
GlogauAIR, Berlin
Place,  the end of one’s Journey 15 - 16 DECEMBER 2017
A sense of place traditionally has been interpreted as existing in particular physical places. However, the increasing interconnecting of places and globalization has had a very significant impact on how we think about place and how we feel about a physical place.
The advance of the globalization, of economics and cultural exchange have allowed people to move beyond the idea of a sense of place in a physical sense. Therefore, as a central key to have a sense of place for modern human being, the most, important step can be finding and relating to the parts of feeling and experiences which they can carry around no matter where they are. In other words, internalizing the feelings of place inside themselves can be a primary requirement for people to expand the spectrum of a sense of place.
In this sense, it can be seen that a sense of place for us does not remain as one geographical place, but as stories built up with our experiences in every moment. Everyone has a history and the history can become a place of our root and a sense of place for us. A sense of place is conjured up in our rich memories images and feelings, and remains as a story with us.
The group exhibition in GlogauAIR, “Place, the end of one’s journey”, brings works by the artists Jinran Ha, Hagit Cohavi and Laura Mascarenhas. They share the interest for space and represent a diverse cultural context and their own particular sense of place by exploring the themes through their personal interpretation of the urban environment both public and private. In their works, they are seeking a new way of the finding one’s own place beyond the physical.
In Jinran Ha’s installation work, “Haus der Fremde (2)” (2017), she is creating a minimalistic object of house by transforming everyday things as artistic material and exploring the interpretation of body and space in her own way to imply the context of social and political relations. The wheels attached on her work allow people to move it around in the exhibition space, and the interactive performing  gives the moments of internalizing the feelings of place inside of a participator and expanding the spectrum of a sense of place.
“Trouble” (2016) by Hagit Cohavi is a photograph series. She scrapes outside layer, and expose the earnest elements that construct society and human life like: fear, anxiety, human nature/nature, failure, potential for danger and passing of time. The work is combined by different mediums, photography, red and blue paint layered on the photographic works, with the intent of examining the reciprocal relation between the given image and the space itself.
Through the installation and performance, “Ephemories” (2015), Laura Mascarenhas transforms the memories of a trip which are ephemeral and blurry into physical souvenirs. In her work, she captures not only the individuals’ personal memories, but also proposes a different concept for memory preservation in the future. The works provides an abstract and tangible way to play with the senses and the memories.
Text by Hyein Park

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