Live @ the museum III – “Home” by Icy & Sot
With her work made live in the URBAN NATION Museum, the artist duo once again draws attention to the fate of refugees and addresses the yearning for a home.
Born in Iran, the artist duo Icy & Sot is known for addressing current political debates about war, peace, hope, despair and above all human rights in his works. In the current exhibition “UNique. UNited. UNstoppable. “Of the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART they are already represented with a work of art. After Laurence Vallières and Fanakapan were already part of the project “Live @ The Museum”, Icy & Sot also produced a work in front of the museum visitors, which is now a permanent part of the exhibition.
The inspiration for the skyscraper, which is intact on the left and destroyed by war on the right, arosed from a derivation of the saying “Home Sweet Home” and refers to the current situation in Aleppo, Syria, where since the beginning of the War in 2011 more than 33,000 homes were destroyed.
“The refugees are leaving their homeland because of the war, they are trying to escape the danger, they are losing their relatives, they are leaving to lead a better life and not to be in danger. If they are lucky enough to survive the journey, they will have to fight in detention centers or behind barbed wire fences, waiting to get a new home. They are often considered the invaders in the countries where they find refuge. Unfortunately, they often experience more fears and dangers. The The sculpture we built bears the title “Home” and shows a half-ruined building in the war.The damaged house side stands for life and hope – a positive view of the “new home,” according to the artist duo.
The plant, built mainly of cardboard, spray paint, wood and metal, shows detailed insights into various apartments of the building and conveyed by the loving interior designs with e.g. wallpapered walls and miniature furniture a sense of home and real life before the war.
“We all need a home where we live, cook, eat, rest, shower, sleep, laugh, grow up where memories can arise. With this work we want to express our hope that the people who lost their homeland in the war will soon find a new home and a place that they can accept as their new home. But we also hope to make this work thought-provoking and to promote communication between countries and cultures. “Continued Icy & Sot
photos by Nika Kramer