It was by no means too late to leave the room. No matter how desperately I needed to be at the ‘tunnels’, I overheard that painful breakup story for too long to act indifferent in front of the man at the other side of the thin drywall, who had just confessed “I’m here because my heart is broken; my relationship hasn’t ended yet, but I can see the end approaching.”
I was already hunching in embarassemnt at my side of the press room. Although from there neither the artist or the interviewee could see me invading their privacy, like I had invaded the privacy of three more heartbroken people before him.
“A Collective Heartbreak” is how Addam Yekutieli – aka Know Hope – has inflected this year’s theme of Nuart Festival: Power in the Public Sphere. He addressed complex, current issues through the familiar emotions that we all recognise –specifically: heartbreak.
And he did so by creating a dialectic exchange between private and collective, intimate and public, by humanising politics through the emotions that we all feel in our personal experiences.
From a series of interviews with locals, the artist extrapolated several aphoristic sentences and painted them on walls around Stavanger.
Then, he rearranged and connected them to even more phrases to shape a new collective story, which was projected onto a rectangular bucket of black ink for the Nuart indoor exhibition ‘Rise Up!’.
Over the past week, I've been collecting stories of heartbreak written by Stavanger locals. I later took these stories and rearranged them as if I were making a collage and wove their stories into one, collective story of heartbreak. This story and the other collected material was used for a series of outdoor work and an installation, all part of the amazing @nuartfestival that is launching tonight. Thank you to all the amazing crew at Nuart and of course all those who shared their stories with me in such an incredibly powerful and honest way. I was humbled by the vulnerability shown and I do not take that for granted. #acollectiveheartbreak
Each heartbreak opened a broader meaning and translated into something we can all relate to.
The individual struggle became universal.
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> While in Stavanger, I’ve updated my STAVANGER Street Art Guide: check it out!
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