Les cinq murs, les dix murs












We are always seeking a place where we can exist vividly. In times of peace, and even more so during war, disasters, or pandemics, we search for a place where we can survive. However, this place is not found somewhere; it is created.


When we enter unknown spaces, we become confused, anxious, and fearful. We desperately look around for a place to take refuge, wondering if there is food, if we can draw water. Should we run, hide, or stay? Through our actions and the reactions we receive, we create our own spaces, not just physically but also the places where our souls can reside, both physically and mentally.


One day, I ventured out onto a jetty extending into the sea. Walking along the narrow jetty that stretched straight out from the coastline, the viewfinder showed a scene that trembled, with exposure fluctuating wildly. The out-of-focus images shifted constantly, and I became more captivated by reaching the end of the jetty than by the danger of falling into the sea. During this time, I forgot all my daily concerns and was filled with joy and exhilaration. This three-dimensional experience was captured in photographs, but the two-dimensional expanse felt like a wall.


Thus, I decided to create five walls. Walls separate people and create division. They symbolize oppression, loneliness, and entrapment, but breaking through them can also signify inner liberation. Moreover, they can protect us from threats and evil.


In front of a wall, what do we envision? Omens, arrivals, beyond, transformation, or relief? Using these words as cues, I decided to create five walls and once again plaster over what I had envisioned. I do not seek to create symbolic intermediaries, but rather actual walls that one can sit before and contemplate.