This work is conceived as a collective play with the cultural meaning of clothes and the tradition of their washing in communal places.
Clothing has probably never been just a mean of keeping away cold. In every culture it has been a mean of individual expression, a social code. And in this sense, it is also a language, a complex, playful, and colorful one.
And what had been done at a traditional wash house? Just a hygienic treatment of garments? No way! A communal wash house is truly a first social media, older than any news paper or letterpress.
Here, at the wash house communication blossomed, the language had been sharpened, but also cleaned. With my proposal I suggest to play collectively with this idea of clothing as language.
Together with the residents we’ll create patterns suitable to express Differdange’s identity. It involves paying attention to historical associations, to emotional connections and to personal experiences of what this place means.
We’ll do WORKSHOPS WITH RESIDENTS:
· Colors of Differdange: a workshop where we’ll mix acrylic colors and paint little pebbles to express the place emotionally. These pebbles will be later used for the creation of patterns
· Shaping Differdange: a workshop where the community members will be invited to bring objects and photographs to. The latter will help to find personal associations with the place. We’ll use sketching and colored pebbles for creation of “patterns of Differdange”.
· Faces of Differdange: the artist will prepare fabrics with the patterns invented in previous workshops and drape them on a life model. Guided by the artist, residents can have a playful life drawing session. They will also be asked to bring old portrait photos as an inspiration for the artist to develop a part of the final work on.
· The outcomes of the workshops will be shown in an EXHIBITION curated by community members and the artist.
FINAL WORK: Based on this material, the ARTIST CREATES A WORK IN CAST GLASS. The work will adopt the colors, patterns and facial features elaborated in the workshops. Based on it, 15 different works in cast glass will be created and placed in the Waschbuer (see rendering). The objects inside will be placed in water, in the washbasins. The glass objects outside will be “chatting with the sunrays. They will catch the light and send colorful splashes into inside.