Artistic Intervention

22.07 → 30.10.2022

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

Palace of Youth and Sports

participants

Lee Bul

Artistic Intervention – Lee Bul

Willing to Be Vulnerable Metalized Balloon V4, 2015/2020, © Lee Bul. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev
Willing to Be Vulnerable Metalized Balloon V4, 2015/2020, © Lee Bul. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev
Willing to Be Vulnerable Metalized Balloon V4, 2015/2020, © Lee Bul. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev

Speaking of her seventeen-metre floating ellipsoid, Lee Bul formulated a series of questions central to her practice overall: “What did we dream in the past, and what did we try? What happened, and how can we use it still?”

In her sculptures, installations, performances and videos, the artist explores the intoxication and pitfalls of utopian thought in various historical contexts, this time turning her gaze to the airship.

Recalling the Hindenburg, which, flying under the National Socialist flag, famously burst into flames in 1937, her silver balloon embodies the vulnerability of dreams – not only to accidents, but also to political instrumentalisation and perversion.

As it hovers between the soaring roof of Prishtina’s Palace of Youth and Sports – an icon of Yugoslavian socialist architecture – and the earthbound cars parked in the burnt-out sports arena below, Lee Bul’s silver balloon invites us to reflect on what we might salvage from the dreams of the past and what that might bring for the future.

Works

Lee Bul
Willing to Be Vulnerable – Metalized Balloon V4 
2015/2020   

Fabric, PET film, air blower, electronic wiring 

© Lee Bul, courtesy of the artist    

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