Jochen Gerz

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Born in 1940 in Berlin (Germany), lives and works in Sneem (Ireland)

Jochen Gerz's works are based on issues involving ethics, community and memory. His installations can take the form of works that evolve with the participation of visitors, local people and collaborators, or intentionally huge installations in public space. In the work Vivre, this word (meaning “Live”) is drawn by hand in white chalk on the floor of a room where a text is hung on one of the walls. As spectators crosses the room to read it, they participate in the work by destroying it with their steps. This fragile, ephemeral device invokes the passage of time, the dematerialization of a hymn to life.

 

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