Rocky debris, vintage photographs, and a wooden ship that collides with its own hull hang in over a 100 yard gallery MASS MoCA for “In the light of a shadow”. The work of the Los Angeles born artist Glenn Kaino ((before), the monumental installation creates an expansive environment with thousands of floating elements, indicating the enormous impact of protest and collective movements.
The floating works of art, lined with a corridor of light and constantly moving shadows, combine memories of past injustices and a brighter, hopeful path forward in one haunting experience. In particular, Kaino uses “In the Light of a Shadow” in response to the terrible events of Bloody Sunday in both Selma, Alabamaand Derry, Northern Ireland. He models the destroyed ship after the Shadow V., a humble boat Lord Mountbatten The Irish Republican Army was widely used for fishing in 1979 to assassinate the member of the royal family.
The towering display is also combined with a metal sculpture made up of tuned bars that sequentially ping the melody of U2’s protest hymn “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. A collaborative video Nearby plays the singer and activist Deon Jones, who went blind after being shot with a rubber bullet in protest against the murder of George Floyd and sums up the historical tragedies with those of today.
“In the Light of a Shadow” can be seen until September 5th. For more works by Kaino, from installation and sculpture to film, see his side.
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