לעמוד הבית

THE MAGNETIC TABLE
SHICHECHA (OBLIVION)
THE LIGHTWORKERS
THE PIANO
THE LONG WALL
SOLIDS
THE SWAMP
VORTEX OF SEPARATION
THE BOAT
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THE SWAMP
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THE SWAMP, 2013
Latex paint and ink on wall, 500X2100 cm

When she came across a magazine article about ecological changes occurring in the Dreesberg Bog in northwest Germany, Sasportas was fascinated by the images of this expanding and contracting landscape and began to visit the site a few times a year. She gained access to it by joining the scientific team that documented the bog from a boat, and made her own video and audio recordings. These led to an extensive body of work in which the swamp served as the basis for drawings, wall works, and installations.

Bogs such as this are only found in cold, rainy climates. Once quite common, they have dried up in recent centuries and very few remain. Because of the high level of acidity which characterizes these swampy ecosystems, the process of decay almost comes to a stop; organic matter either transforms extremely slowly into peat, or does not decompose at all. Thus the bodies of human beings or animals that drowned there may be preserved for thousands of years.

Not quite water, not quite dry land, the swamp threatens to swallow up anyone who tries to plumb its depths. For Sasportas, this natural phenomenon is a metaphor for a wound that does not heal.
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TENT, 2013
Iron and plywood, wash, 208X325X50 cm

Photographs by Yigal Pardo
© Artist / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013 courtesy Sommer-Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Galerie EIGEN+ART Leipzig/Berlin

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