I build a wall of land. “From earth you have come, to earth you will stay”.
My first wall was ‘The Human Wall’ in 1982. Originally built for a Nordic exhibition at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. It was an optimistic global wall with representatives of cultures around the world and a caricatured capitalist monkey on the top. Seven years later, when the Berlin Wall fell, and the world opened. How- ever, I could not engage with the hubris. The world wasted the 90’s on foolish abuse of opportunities and with the 9/11 and the Iraq War, everything fell to the ground. Now walls are being built in Israel, Europe, and perhaps Trump’s wall between the US and Mexico. When Henning Christiansen exhibited the Fluxus piano ‘Beuys Pit Valhalla’, 1996, at the 2001 Venice Biennale, he commented on the notion of the wall, “System of Freedom: those who build a wall around their own spirituality – risk to lose – it”.