LOCATION: Venice | ITA
TYPOLOGY: Glass artwork
MuranoGlass beyond the barricades is an exhibition organized for The Venice Glass Week 2018 which aims to show the interpretation skills of glass: its innovative power in representing and confronting contemporary themes in a shattering way.
13 Murano glass factories transformed something ugly, heavy and colorless (new jersey barriers) in a beautiful, light and colorful Murano glass objects.
GLASS FACTORY: VETRATE ARTISTICHE
What is a new-jersey barrier? A barricade, a border.
And what a barrier can separate? Two directions of travel, for example, or two different zones. It can separate one population from another, but also one family.
How many times have we assisted the erection of barriers of doubtful usefulness? Let’s think of those that separate Israel from Gaza and West Bank; the Berlin Wall; or the “big, beautiful wall” that Trump promised between Mexico and the USA. “Cracked” wants to reflect on the concept of division.
The project is realized with Murano glass using the Tiffany technique: a copper binding that combines mirror parts with screen-printed transparent glass representing images of the Arab spring, symbol of the Middle-East socio-cultural rebellion. The jersey has a fracture inside, a mirrored hole that connects the two sides of the division.
Therefore, by observing what is beyond the hole (your enemy?) you can also mirror yourself.
Thanks to this expedient, the viewer sees who is on the other side of the wall next to his reflection and is led to wonder: “Am I sure that who is beyond the barrier is so different from me?”.