The Temple of Universal Immense Healing Qualities (2018)
Graduation Project, KASK School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
Some materials have universal immense healing qualities. Salt or Moroccan mud, lava stone, tea or chalk from shells transcend cultural use or economic value and thus are globally exotic. Nothing proves this better then the fact that all these materials know their place in the wellness economy.
Although the material has a universal value, every manifestation of the material is specifically cultural or economic. The temple becomes the carrier of these manifestations. Aware of the meaning and history of the location, immense healing qualities are brought into the temple. This creates a game of exchange, an exchange between the viewer as a local and the location as a reference to the rest of the world.