Kato Six


A BACKYARD JOURNEY by Kato Six (BE)


at P/////AKT, Amsterdam

Date: Thursday, 3 February 2011, 8 p.m.

Exhibition: 3 - 6 February 2011, 2 p.m. till 6 p.m.

Location: P/////AKT, Zeeburgerpad 53, Amsterdam

A Backyard Journey is a study of contemporary space concepts, investigated from a personal perspective. At first it seems to reflect the psychological point of view of the artist herself, but on second thought it turns out to speak of the general question: how is our psychic architecture constructed? The work has a private starting point but it tries to create a general image of how we actually experience, recollect en (re)create space.

The starting point for Six's work are very individual experiences and recollections of her childhood. She considers the imagined, memorized space to be a heterotopy.
'Perhaps a heterotopy can be compared to the moment you see yourself in a mirror. You see yourself in a different space but you are aware of the fact that you are not really there. Sometimes, when I see myself in a mirror I can hardly understand that the person I see is myself.'
Unmasking this sort of space causes a kind of evaporation of it into tangible reality.

An important element in Six's installations is the use of primary shapes as building element. She casts her memory into prototypical shapes and basic constructions. In this way, a private perspective is linked to a general foundation upon which our consciousness is built. What makes the foundation of memory? It is this memory which is centrally present in A Backyard Journey, and in an attempt to make the past comprehensible a spatial installation comes into being.

See also for more information about location: P/////AKT

With thanks to: P/////AKT, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, De Vlaamse Vertegenwoordiging