Walls have Ears
Forgotten Present International Visual Arts Symposium, Vilnius
I made 5 masks following instructions from a Russian leaflet (printed the year I was born), found in an abandoned embassy. It gave instructions for making protective clothing in the event of nuclear fallout. I constructed an imaginary life for a woman who might have lived in this building and who may have carried out similar activities to me, an English woman: shopping, cooking, afternoon tea, going out and sleeping. I photographed myself in these rooms carrying out these activities. The masks were hung in the entrance and the 5 series of photographs were applied directly to the walls of the rooms.
Reactions to the work were sharply divided; those who had left Lithuania during WWII, or their descendants who wished to return, found the images disturbing, suffocating, whilst those who had always lived in Vilnius found them humorous – a humour rooted in anxiety?
All five masks ‘disappeared’ during the exhibition.