'Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix’ 

by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, 2021-22

Art Installation with recycled books by Black Box Genesis team for Book - the Lafkan project

After the closure of the historic Lafkan antiques shop in Vasa, Art in Malakta rf got the opportunity to collect the books, offering the artists of the house the possibility to use them for artistic practices.

Black Box Genesis team included them not only as material in the installation, but decided to dedicate the project to this topic, examining its conceptual essence and technical peculiarities. The artist duo realized the art piece Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix as a tribute to the shop founded 1971, but also to the printed book: in a physical and symbolical way, and the social aspects related to it.

 

 

The artwork consists of two paper ‘steles’ suspended above a ‘pool’ filled with black wax.

Between the weave of the paper and the folds that also mould human features, threads emerge from the bottom of the two subjects, immersing themselves in the wax. The threads connect the two entities, as information, words, ink, flowing between the two parts.
The wax, which looks like deep black water, is important for its property of being malleable and melting/crystallising very quickly. Like the ideas, thoughts and knowledge that the book helps to fill and shape, which can only be enriched (not to mention the indirect skills that reading brings).


Book like a full vessel, which empties itself and at the same time fills the reader in a communicative flow... transmitting information.
The choice of the number of ‘steles’ is in relation to the exclusive relationship that the person has with the book. Their experience will be guided by subjectivity and the personal sphere.
An intimacy that in this work becomes almost solemn.


The art piece also focuses on the technological part of the book: recycling the paper and using it to create the more physical and main part of the installation, which will also offer abstractions and precious details.

Partner & Collaborators: Malakta, Susanne Marins & Vaasa City Cultural Services.

Supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, Vaasa City Cultural Services & Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse.

Thank you to Platform, Margherita Labbe & Reza Effati.

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Tec. info: handmade paper and cotton thread, metal pool and wax with pigment, 130cm(b)x250cm(h)x130(d)

Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Paper detail, Vaasa City Library, Finland.

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Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Installation view, Vaasa City Library, Finland.

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Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix
Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix

Art installation by Bekim Hasaj & Valentina Gelain, Book - the Lafkan project, 2021-2022. Installation view, Vaasa City Library, Finland.

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