Where am I? As if in a dream… Did we arrive?
2016–18 concrete sculpture (permanent installation)
A permanent public space project realized for the city of Rüsselsheim, the sculpture comprises three parts: the migration route of a Syrian woman to Europe, writings and the sitting area. The curved form of the sculpture represents the stages of the Balkan route from Syria to Europe. Writing based on an interview with a Syrian woman who traversel this route, concentrates on the common feelings having had and questions being asked at the very moment arrival: “Where am I?” is the first question asked when trying to understand the people, their behaviors and the structure of the local society, to position yourself in
this structure. “As if in a dream…” expresses the range of feelings from ambiguity to success. After all of the struggles, the migrant physically reaches his/her new home to start a new life. However, in his/her mind there are still questions: is it true? have I really arrived? “Did we arrive?” is a question asked to the society living in the country of arrival. The project combines the route and the writing with a large sitting platform. Sitting, as an activity, associates with settlement and settlement is about becoming local to a place.
Installation view; Kunstpfads am Mainvorland, Rüsselsheim
photos 1-4, 11-19: Günyol&Kunt
5-10: Stangl AG