‘The permanence of experienced unity is not only impossible, it is aesthetically undesirable; for art requires the challenge of tension and disruptive novelty and rhythmic struggle of achievement and breakdown of order’
-Shusterman on Deway in Kagan’s Art and Sustainability, p 236
‘Mosaic’ is a performance series, exploring how concepts of borders, cultures, home and identity, are performed on national, social and personal levels. It asks the questions:
What happens to cultures, when society changes? – When the permanence of bodies and borders are broken or decay? Is something lost, just because it loses its form? – And is it possible to perceive concepts of nations, society and personal identity as singular images?
Traditionally a mosaic is a singular image, yet fragmented and broken into many pieces. The concept of mosaic can thus be perceived as bodies, houses, cultures and society, either as an assemblage or as segregated and inertia blocks, divided by borders and differentiations.
All photos by Sunniva Gudmundsdóttir Mortensen