by Dilpreet BhullarPublished on : Sep 17, 2022
The term ‘waiting’ inevitably ensues a feeling induced with hope: the in-between space is looking for completion as soon as the waiting period would be over. The bouts of disquiet and longing, accompanied by the stage of waiting, accentuate the stage of contemplation punctuated by the acts of introspection and conversation. The Italian artist Monica Bonvicini, with her extensive art practice has continued to explore the idea of waiting while drawing upon the relationship between architecture, power structures, gender and space. The latest site-specific permanent installation The Waiting, by the visual artist at La Ribaute, Anselm Kiefer Foundation in France, plays with the emotions of fears and expectations, curiosity and hesitance, which raises questions about the importance of making art while reflecting upon the limitations and possibilities of an art language. 
With the art installation The Waiting, the viewer encounters a railing structure made of stainless steel. Poised at the centre of the space, the railing is a reminiscence of the architectural set-up often deployed at airports, transitory stations, and cash counters in the banks. The waiting queues disciplined within these structures inadvertently hint at the power and social matrix. To translate the dynamics of domination and suppression played out at the places of the surveillance, Bonvicini with the immersive installation has the bars bent, a pair of handcuffs dangle with the chain. With minimal props, the installation artist sustains to evoke the sentiments of love and violence.   
The large scale art installation acutely draws attention to the idea of yearning and fulfilment. The discipline of culture has repeatedly reinforced this idea as a cyclic one – from which we cannot escape. In an interview with STIR, Bonvicini talks about the presence of the concept of waiting in her practice, “Since the 1990s I have been interested in the threshold between art and architecture, especially by its internal processes and phases. In my opinion, everything is inspired by architecture on some level, in the sense of structure. It is always present, whether we want it or not. With The Waiting, I wanted to explore feelings of longing, conflict, escape and disobedience, starting from the power behind disciplinary micro-architecture all around us.”
The sculptural installation is carefully positioned over a staircase into the floor. It hints at the possibility of finding an underground tunnel, which could serve as both entry and exit points. Bonvicini never fails to facilitate an opportunity to build a dialogue between the viewer, the architecture of the installation and the artwork. The Waiting rightly urges the viewers to speculate on what follows next, as the half-broken sculpture stands equipped with handcuffs. Bonvicini gives a peek into what it takes to make the sculptures, “First there were a lot of drawings, painting, photo, and writing. When I started working on sculptures, on themes specific to architecture, I began to use its materials: plasterboard, bricks, glass and metal. As if you want to tell a story you have to understand what words – or materials – to use.”
Bonvicini with her conceptual art practice has consistently used the construction materials to talk about faulty urban design and planning which are often attentive to the myopic vision of the patriarchal and socio-cultural conventions. In a similar vein, The Waiting is a conceptual continuation of two of her historical pieces: Stairway to Hell and SCALE OF THINGS (to come). Even if the titles of artistic installation call upon the magnanimity of the design, Bonvicini does not refrain from debunking the promise of scale and ease synonymous with the architecture of urban cities. In doing so she also persuades the viewers to gauge the scale of social shifts, knowingly or unknowingly, that are brought about in the course of these urban changes. 
These installations look at the proposition of perfection extended by urban development and design, yet remain a step away from the logic of achievement. Bonvicini observes, “I can consider The Waiting as a conceptual continuation of these pieces: Stairway to Hell and SCALE OF THINGS (to come). They both address false market promises and faulty urban planning scenarios; I invited the audience to think not only about the scale of physical architecture but also the scale of social changes, effectuated by the liberal urban design, as the consequence that is, almost always, ignored.”
It is the presence of the viewers which activates the connotation of the installation. Yet, Bonvicini is not inclined to offer an absolute meaning, “In art and life, there is always an entrance, and an exit. And sometimes, you just don’t know which is which”.
by Dilpreet BhullarOct 02, 2022
by Rosalyn D`MelloSep 16, 2022
by Dilpreet BhullarSep 11, 2022
Dilpreet Bhullar
Dilpreet is a writer-researcher based in New Delhi. She is the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow, Columbia University, New York. She has been co-editor of the books Third Eye: Photography and Ways of Seeing and Voices and Images. Her essays on visual sociology and identity politics are frequently published in leading books, journals and magazines. She is the associate editor of a theme-based journal dedicated to visual arts, published by India Habitat Centre.
Dilpreet is a writer-researcher based in New Delhi. She is the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow, Columbia University, New York. She has been co-editor of the books Third Eye: Photography and Ways of Seeing and Voices and Images. Her essays on visual sociology and identity politics are frequently published in leading books, journals and magazines. She is the associate editor of a theme-based journal dedicated to visual arts, published by India Habitat Centre.
by STIRworld Oct 18, 2022
Examining the works around the concept of non-human, we identify five pieces that resonated beyond the historical rituals, traditions, and conventions at Frieze London 2022.
by Dilpreet Bhullar Oct 16, 2022
Harry Yeff and Trung Bao, in the age of post-internet art, with their immersive exhibition Voice Gems: 1000 Year Archive led experimental ways to archive voices.
by Niyati Dave Oct 12, 2022
In conversation with STIR, James Lingwood and Michael Morris of Artangel talk about bringing site-specific installations and large-scale artworks to London.
by Manu Sharma Oct 10, 2022
French artist Dimitri Thouzery discusses his love for organic randomness within coded, digital art.
by Jerry Elengical Oct 01, 2022
by STIRworld Sep 29, 2022
by Sunena V Maju Oct 18, 2022
by Vidur Sethi Sep 15, 2022
by Sunena V Maju Oct 01, 2022
get regular updates SIGN UP
© Copyright 2019-2022 STIR Design Private Limited. All rights reserved.
Don’t have an account?
Or you can join with
Please confirm your email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password
Already signed up?
Don’t have an account?

with us and you can:
All your bookmarks will be available across all your devices from anywhere on the globe.
Already signed up?
Or you can join with
Your preferences have been successfully saved to your profile.
Please select your profession for an enhanced experience.
Tap on things that interests you.
by Vladimir Belogolovsky Oct 14, 2022
by Almas Sadique Aug 08, 2022
by Anmol Ahuja Aug 10, 2022
by Jerry Elengical Sep 23, 2022
by Afra Safa Oct 10, 2022
Select the Conversation Category you would like to watch
Please enter your details and click submit.

source

Shop Sephari