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Anita Dube - Statement
From an interview by Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt.  + zoom in
Binder/Haupt: Could you tell us about the problems you had to install your work?
Anita Dube:   The luggage that contained all my materials was lost by Air France. So I had about five days to rethink the whole piece. The only thing I had with me was the text, the rest is completely improvised. I picked things on the side where I was working, just what I found around - cannon balls and some paint, dissolved with old petrol from a car. The paint of course wasn't the right color I needed, but there was nothing I could do. Petrol was the only solvent. I had to use that. Then I had to scrub the walls and sandpaper them and find some other things to put in my niches. For example a moth came into my space and a friend who was helping me found it and gave it to me as a gift. That also went into the installation.

The good thing was that the text I had is poetic. It's the only structure that allows you to improvise and make a synchronization between text and other elements. And I'm glad that it was poetic. Otherwise, if I had another structure, I couldn't do anything. Then I would have to make a performance to save myself.

© Interview, photos:
Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder,
Universes in Universe
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