2015

Construction ladder, Belgian Bluestone, Wine glasses, Detergent, Steel chain, Wheels.
300 x 250 x 70 cm


“The concept of purification, or the ritual cleansing of persons and objects, is found across cultures and religions. It is present in urban and rural settings, in sectarian and secularized societies, and in tribal and multiethnic communities. It has been a sociological feature of human existence from antiquity to modernity, one with an array of behavioral guidelines and consequences…”

Sunday morning, streams of detergent mixed with alcohol, sweat, vomit, and urine left outside sooty basements, clubs, and bars that still keep their dying embers. Coming out of the black holes, the streams unite in small rivers, oozing down the pavement, looking for a drain, licking Belgian Bluestone. The stone which still remembers the prehistoric scream, the wish to touch the flame of the sun, an aspiration to break daily order. Purification doesn’t exist without pollution. Alcohol, legalized and controlled by higher forces, the tool which for a long time fulfilled the function of ritualistic intoxication. It seems like the alcoholic spirit lifts restrictions, erases social limits, decreases social tensions, granting regeneration, as a truly indispensable extension of the modern society.