Grimanesa Amorós


14.02.2016 until 10.04.2016

A dream and the reality of life…..

OCUPANTE, was inspired by Koblenz, a city near Frankfurt and The Deutsches Eck ("German Corner”), where the Moselle joins the Rhine river. At this location, there are three parts of the Berlin Wall. This place is now dedicated to the "victims of the division”.

As economic globalization is being embraced and celebrated by many countries around the world, there are countries, frontiers and borders, espousal of immigration, instead of scheming methods to prevent immigrants from crossing these newly "open borders". Over and over, it has been proven throughout history that borders disallow assimilations between people and cultures, lending to an enormous social inequality and an astounding imbalance of political power.

Presently, Syrians are being forced to leave their homes. They have been trying to find new lives in countries all over Europe.

Germany has been helping refugees seek their dreams of security and safety for themselves and their families. Although many have escaped the oppression and violence, sadly, some have not. Many did not reach European shores, but the ones that did became an OCUPANTE of a physical space, that they could claim their own…

My goal with this installation is to take the viewer on a trip through different physical spaces trough out the museum. The objective is to create a space where the viewer becomes the OCUPANTE of their own physical and metaphysical realities. It is time for all of us to present to the world a new image, a contemporary image of progress and culture, beyond being a dormitory of “Angst”.

An image of creativity and actuality. An image of a dynamic and progressive place where culture is not only consumed, but created. A living culture is one that creates and enhances creativity.