PEACESTOOL Sit down and deal with war inside of you, installation (2015)
War Starts with an Inner Battlefield
I got my own battlefields.
That’s how I brought war
Into this world.
And it won’t stop
Until I make peace
The interactive installation investigates something that is still part of our collective memory, lying in the collective mind and in everyone’s inheritance: the lagacy of war. A chair shaped with thousands bullet shells from the World Wars coming from different countries, appears as a witness of conflicts that with their echo nowadays are able in influencing other wars. The chair evokes also the path of introspective investigation that the artist pursued in the proccess of creating the piece. Putting the visitor in the centre of the artistic action, he becomes the protagonist of a war that takes place intimately in their mind and that becomes collective again in virtue of its “silent presence” in each of us.
Text: Ana Mrovlje, Philomena Höltkemeier