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You Belong Elsewhere

You Belong Elsewhere, exhibition view, St.Gallen, 2024

You Belong Elsewhere, exhibition view. St.Gallen, 2024

You Belong Elsewhere

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2,093g of captured Sahara dust and sand (130 probes)
910cm x 484cm
Installed in St. Gallen, Switzerland

In February 2023, copious amounts of Sahara dust and sand, intense and widely dispersed, covered Europe. This natural phenomenon led millions of people to think about the origins of this orange dust and, by extension, the origins of our air. This once-invisible medium finally acquired materiality and color. Similar reactions have been triggered by multiple human and natural disasters, such as the 1986 Chernobyl incident, which carried radioactive dust to Europe, resulting in bans on certain foods, or the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, causing global air travel chaos. These events temporarily heightened our understanding of global interconnectedness, refining our perception of distances, and expanding our worldly comprehension.

You Belong Elsewhere comprises 130 distinct probes containing captured airborne Sahara dust and sand, sourced from partners around the globe, creating a total mixed sample of 2,093g without direct extraction from the desert itself.

Melting down borders through an almost neurotic search for origin and belonging, You Belong Elsewhere juxtaposes origin with a stateless medium, prompting a reevaluation of our perceptions of place, identity, and the interplay between the tangible and the intangible. The processes involving the movement of substances or climatic changes occur on scales and within timeframes that often defy human comprehension, pushing against the mental limits through which humans can relate their actions to these scales. An artificial desert floor is created, as if a sandstorm has swept through the space, instigating both a tangible and conceptual transformation of the ground soil.