the birds are caught again 2017

ANTIQUIDIA
In the birds are caught again fragility becomes a territory of pursuit.
Political potentiality can be detected in the broken body and in the refusal
to fill in what is missing; the denial of ambition for the whole.
Movement (and the movement) rises from precarious areas and their nexus.

Metal, aluminum, resin, cheesecloth, papier mâché, plaster, paraffin and glass
80 x 150 x 46 cm (31.5 x 59 x 18.5 inches)  

ANTIQUIDIA. a.antonopoulou. art, Athens 2017

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the birds are caught again

Anna Lascari returns to the concept of a swarm in an attempt to trace the configuration of the multitude in present-day. In this work, the swarm is implied in the title of the piece itself; the image of the birds dissipates and the oversized forms which abstractly allude to fragments of wings, hang inertly.

The menacing and organised swarm of black birds in the homonymous animation, Swarm (2010), has turned —in the large black and white drawing, Forecast (2013)— into a disorderly swarm of birds which invaded the private space disrupting its balance and imposing new unorthodox formations.

In the birds are caught again, the black colour of the previous works has been replaced with the whiteness of plaster and paraffin, and the transparency of glass, suggesting, at a very first reading, through these fragile materials, the inability of movement. At the same time, the whiteness and the fragmented forms leave ample of space for shifts, compositions and revisions intimating that there are inconspicuous and lurking processes at work. Here, fragility becomes a territory of pursuit. Fragments can construct a dynamic relation. Political potentiality can be detected in the broken body and in the refusal to fill in what is missing; the denial of ambition for the whole. Movement (and the movement) rises from precarious areas and their nexus.