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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Matthew Slaats, United States

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Proposal Title: Enemy Cemetary (Working Title), 03/19/2009, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: Two forms, one positive and the other negative, create the formal the foundation for Enemy Cemetery. The negative form is a shallow ditch, a sand trap, a crater that is scooped out of the earth. Filled with sand and various detitrius, it is a place of collection, swallowing up the remnants of war. Adjacent sits a pile of smooth river stone, similar in size and shape. Each rock is marked with a word from the Arabic language that when place in relationship to each other forms phrase of mourning. These utterances have taken physical form, no longer being audible, but now carrying such weight. Support Material – Heinrich Zille - Wilde_Mullkippe_am_Westend “Anonymous Korean War Dead Still Await Trip Home” Choe Sang-Hun - New York Times – March 23, 2008

Artist's Biography: Defined within specific contexts, the emphasis of my work is the exploration of the human interaction. May it be the relationships between place and identity or how the body reacts to emotional and physical stimuli, I look to nd intimate moments of contact. The objective is to engage an audience on multiple levels, connecting physically and mentally to the situation at hand. Operating within networks of social activity, I create situations for communication and interaction. In this work, form is used as an agent for action, providing participants with the means to actively engage in the production of the work.

Artist's Website: http://matthewslaats.com

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