The Jerusalem Show VI

 

Cornelia Parker 

Shadow of a Doubt, 2012

Suspended installation

Made in Bethlehem, 2012

Video, 7.53

Shadow of a Doubt, 2012

Wandering the streets of any city, you come across the leaning object, a pallet, a broken piece of furniture, some building joists, unsettled wood that once had roots. The flotsam in this installation was collected from the streets of Jerusalem and hovers suspended on wires, as if leaning against an imaginary wall. The doubt referred to in the title is a slippery thing, a shadow to be defined in the mind of the viewer.

Made in Bethlehem, 2012

Filmed in Bethlehem at a crown of thorns workshop run by a Palestinian family, this video records a process that has continued uninterrupted since the Crucifixion. Muhammad Hussein Ba-our and his son meditate on life while weaving thousands of barbed crowns.

Cornelia Parker's work has been concerned with formalizing things beyond human control and making the volatile into something that is quiet, contained, and contemplative. Through a combination of visual and verbal allusions, her work triggers cultural metaphors and personal associations, allowing the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Parker’s installations and interventions include Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (Tate Modern, 1991) and The Maybe, a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton (Serpentine Gallery, 1995).Recent exhibitions include Baltic, Gateshead 2010 and 4th Guangzhou Triennial, 2012. 

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