In Zaartpark Breda you can find a demarcated piece of land with a surface area of 49m2, where the municipality of Breda will no longer carry out maintenance for the next 20 years. According to the agreement concluded with artist Gerrit-Jan Smit, anyone can intervene within these 7 x 7 meters, except the local government. Last Fall, Urša Prek was the Artist-in-Residence for project 49m2. This article shares her videowork titled ‘Shedding’ and the three-month observation of the work. In addition, you may also read the article URŠA PREK – A MONUMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS that Ruth de Vos wrote.
In Urša her own words:
“24. September – 20. December 2022
And so it appeared, growing slowly, erecting from the ground. A monolith, standing tall, carrying an object that became a symbol of my past. This artefact is a monument, a time capsule to mark the point of no return. I helplessly kiss past moments goodbye as I watch them disappear beyond the event horizon.
My work has grown closer and closer related to the investigations of nostalgia: the ultimate utopia found in the past; the wishful thinking; the distorted memory. How much of it is real? Time. Ageing. The monolithic structure pays an absurd tribute to a trivial moment from my past. The specific Slovenian vanilla pudding I ate when five-years-old is saturated by particular space and time from my history. This sacred object in Zaartpark is, therefore, creating a sacred ground for temporal worship.
The structure is placed in the public space in Breda. During the three-month period, the work is going to be documented and observed. Finally, one unit (box with a pudding cup) is buried on the site, representing the ceremony of time capsule burial. This (private) performance will be filmed in December 2022 and presented as a video installation in January 2023.”
Photography & video: Jamie Jansen