4th Edition

from 9 April to 5 November 2017

World Cultural Heritage Site Volklinger Hutte

Rathausstrasse 75 - Volklingen - Germany

I have the pleasure to share with you THE CURTAIN, new installation realized in Volklingen, Germany in occasion of the Urban Art Biennale 2017, presented in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Völkilnger Hütte and curated by Frank Kramer.

THE CURTAIN is a poster that cover the wall of a small room. Visitors can enter inside through a curtain and they will find a black room in which are exhibited a photograph and a two channel video installation.​

The exhibited photograph is DELPHINE AND HER NEW DRESS, realized in Torino, Italy in February 2016. In the recent period I worked a lot with the emergency blanket.

I think that an artist has to reflect on the society and the world, but also he must be able to create an artwork that add something new to what already exist in the world. So I created a real african wedding dress, that looks smart and splendid, using only emergency blankets knoted togheter.

"Anyone interested in culture and ideology will be familiar with Eric Hobsbawm's concept of "invented tradition". Here, historical narratives are constructed to create a sense of collective identity that, in turn, serves to mantain hierarchical societal structures. The headscarf worn by many Muslim women, for example, is for the most part a relict dating from the German "volkisch" movement.

BR1's work centers around dress codes that articulate identity, and on the implication of such dress codes. He depicts women who are obliged to wear such symbols of "purity", or who wear them for reasons of religious and cultural identity (naturally, the two sometimes overlap), contrasting them with attributes associated with Western culture such as red lipstick, hamburgers, chewing gum, machine gun cartridges and cans of Coca-Cola. But his pieces succeed in giving these contrasts a sense of perspective.

He bases his work on the principle that, under such ideologically prescribed clothing euphemistically referred to as culture, are people, people just like you and me" - Frank Kramer, curator.